At the forefront of the development of new techniques and customized solutions, Applus+ has pioneered the use of a large array of non-destructive investigation methods. After years of development, Applus+ RTD introduced IWEX, a novel ultrasonic testing method which shows great potential in both defect detection, sizing, positioning and characterization. IWEX (Inverse Wavefield EXtrapolation) refers to a methodology to construct images [...]
Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations of the United States (49 CFR) provides requirements for natural gas and liquid pipeline operators to maintain human and environmental safety. The regulations stipulate the maximum pressure at which a pipeline can be operated in accordance with 49 CFR Part 192 Paragraph 192.619 for natural gas and 49 CFR Part 19 Paragraph [...]
Early this year, Applus+ advanced its growth strategy with the acquisition of the Australian company Aerial Photography Specialists (APS), specialised in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone inspection services. The main advantage of the UAV inspections over other methods is its ability to fly in three dimensions in and around obstacles, allowing it to gain access to areas with ease. [...]
A leaking pipeline can cause an inordinate amount of legal, safety and environmental risks, which is why oil and gas companies delegate a large percentage of their time and resources toward detecting and preventing leaks. While operators look to put more miles of pipelines into production, some face regulatory hurdles in certain regions, which forces companies to rely on aging [...]
Since the new approach Directives, when the European Directive 89/686/EEC of 21 December 1989 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to personal protective equipment (PPE) was published, only the harmonized standards have been renewed, but not the root document for the CE certification of PPEs. After years of work of experts from all the European [...]
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.