Nondestructive testing (NDT) is the process of inspecting, testing, or evaluating materials, components or assemblies for discontinuities, or differences in characteristics without destroying the serviceability of the part or system. In other words, when the inspection or test is completed the part can still be used.
Keeping downtime to a minimum is vital to downstream oil and gas operations. The oil and gas industry relies on nondestructive testing techniques to determine the lifecycle of production assets and minimizing downtime. Such techniques also play a key role in plant safety. Inspectioneering Journal wrote that it is important for pipeline and refinery owners to [...]
Various standards, codes and regulations in the downstream oil and gas industry require periodic testing of plant systems and components to ensure conditions and processes are safe and reliable. Nondestructive testing is vital to determining safety and reliability of equipment. The data and information such testing provides helps determine the service life of components or materials within [...]
Corrosion control and management is a critical component to the proper operation and maintenance of a number of facilities and structures in the energy industry. Due to the harsh nature of the chemicals, contaminants and corrosive elements in contact with metal tanks, pipelines, terminals, plants and platforms, the chance of degradation is higher when there [...]
For those who work in the oil, gas or other process industries, regulations that ensure safe operation are clear. When operators are working with hazardous materials or work in potentially hazardous conditions, there are extra precautions to take and processes to follow. But when operators are in charge of their company's comprehensive asset integrity management program, they [...]
In many industries, quality control and asset integrity management have become vital to business continuity. Without the ability to test assets to determine product lifecycle, industrial companies cannot accurately maintain and minimize downtime. Eddy current testing is a mainstay NDT technique and has been for decades. For testing conductive materials, ET is a reliable method for [...]
There is a common dilemma for engineers in process industries when it comes to flaws in components: "Can I run it? Should I repair? Is it time to retire the component?" Those questions are vital to any asset integrity management program. If an engineer cannot make accurate, honest assessments, it can mean extended downtime, a loss of [...]
Terminal facilities play an important role in the storage, transportation and distribution of natural resources. Operators of these terminals must take necessary precautions and perform real-time testing procedures to uncover potential flaws or deficiencies present in production assets before these weaknesses contribute to downtime, spills or other hazards. Depots are typically located in key ports, with multiple distribution networks [...]