Ultrasonic Thickness Testing
Vector Tank Solutions offers many different types of ultrasonic inspections and testing services to cover all industries. Our certified technicians perform ultrasonic thickness testing (ultrasonic thickness inspection) to determine the extent of material loss (remaining wall thickness) due to corrosion and erosion from processes in steel components, using the most current technology available in ultrasonic thickness gauges. These data enable clients real-time information and the ability to plan further ultrasonic non-destructive testing (NDT) inspections, and schedule component repair, or component replacement. Knowing the remaining life of components allows budget planning and cost savings and ultimately prevent failures that could be catastrophic. Our technicians perform ultrasonic thickness inspections on steel piping, pressure vessels, and tanks using ASME codes such as ASME V, ASME VII, ASME B31.1 and ASME B31.3, and API 1104 for compliance. Vector Tank Solutions also offers coating thickness, overlay thickness, and weld overlay thickness inspections using Elcometer magnetic lift-off (MLO) gauges, and state-of-the-art thickness gauges.
Ultrasonic Straight Beam Inspection at Vector Tank Solutions
Our technicians perform ultrasonic metal thickness testing for laminations in plate using straight beam (longitudinal beam) to ensure the material follows all applicable codes. The importance of lamination scans of steel plate and pipe is often overlooked and can lead to a weakening of the tank or pressure vessel over a short period, leading to premature repairs or replacement.
Advanced Ultrasonic Inspection at Vector Tank Solutions
Vector Tank Solutions offers an ultrasonic examination of welds for all tanks, pressure vessels, and piping using traditional angle beam and phased array ultrasonic inspection. When applicable, ultrasonic weld inspection can be used as a volumetric inspection method, leading to less downtime and setup compared to radiographic testing. Ultrasonic inspection of welds utilizing ASME, API, and AWS codes for compliance ensures weld integrity and can also be recorded for record-keeping for maximum transparency. Ultrasonic weld inspection is used as a flaw detection method using sound waves, (ultrasonic waves)and can locate discontinuities that other inspection methods cannot. Sensitivity can be adjusted with different transducers and machines to allow for the detection of small defects and discontinuities. In cases of extreme material thickness, up to 8 inches of weld and steel plate can be examined with high penetrating power and a variety of transducers and probes, or phased array ultrasonic testing elements. Ultrasonic examination of plate and pipe welds can often be performed with only one side of the part or component accessible. Ultrasonic inspection machines are small and portable, can be carried anywhere, and even used during rope access inspections. There is no need to shut down a job site as an ultrasonic examination is non-hazardous to personnel in the vicinity and can often be operated by one technician.