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Non-destructive testing of tubing and surfaces relies on several techniques, which often depend on the application and the materials involved. By utilizing a single or combination of the following testing technologies, PWHT has all the capabilities to inspect your tubular equipment according to your national and international standards.
IRIS – Internal Rotary Inspection System: This is an ultrasonic technique for condition assessment of tubing of all materials with a tube wall thickness greater than 1mm. The technology can precisely measure remaining wall thickness from corrosion, erosion, pitting and wear associated with baffle supports. However it requires a very high standard of cleaning and is a much slower technique than the ECT or RFT test methods. It is not possible to detect cracking with IRIS. The system uses a rotating turbine head with a transducer sending a single into tube wall via an angular mirror. The image displayed can be seen as a B-Scan (Cross-sectional view) and also in a C-Scan (Development of Longitudinal axis of tube).
Scheduled shutdowns present an opportunity for planned inspection programs which enable continued operation of critical plant equipment by minimizing unexpected failures. Prior to deciding which techniques are most suitable for your needs the following items should be considered: number of tubes to be inspected; cleanliness of tubes and time available for inspection.