Recent Advancements in NDT Technology

Non-destructive testing (NDT) technology has been used since the conception of the X-Ray in 1895. Since then, the field has continued to evolve as new analytic technologies have been developed and augmented alongside developments in engineering and science. New technology in the field of non-destructive testing cut costs, improve efficiency and save time. Recent advancements in NDT technology, including: phased array ultrasonic testing techniques, non-destructive examination 4.0, Artificial Intelligence (AI), drones and robotics achieve the aforementioned goals while addressing issues with the structural integrity of components and infrastructure effectively. In this blog post we discuss the recent advancements in NDT technology mentioned above. 

Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing 

Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) is one of the more-recent improvements used frequently in the field of non-destructive testing. Traditional ultrasonic testing involves probing weld joints, pipe lays and storage tanks using pipe inspection. While traditional ultrasonic testing is effective in many situations, it is not effective when complex geometries require testing because such geometries (that include multiple angles) require moving equipment. On the other hand, PAUT can probe an assembly across multiple angles without the necessity of moving the equipment.   

Non-Destructive Examination 4.0 

One of the current shortcomings of non-destructive testing techniques is their relative lack of compatibility across devices used by end users. The principle of non-destructive examination 4.0 (NDE 4.0) is founded on convergence and is designed to enhance connectivity and speed up processes including data transfers. Thanks to the development of digital tools classified within the NDE 4.0 schema, NDT tools can take digital images of the inside of infrastructural and mechanical components and easily send them to an end-user for analysis. The same image of a storage tank could be sent to a manager to verify whether repairs are needed and to a regulator to ensure the tank complies with industry standards. 

Artificial Intelligence, Drones and Robots 

Another time-saving method that an NDT inspection company may use is drones and robotics. Drones increase workplace safety, boost accuracy, and enhance reliability by allowing NDT imaging techniques to be used in a mobile fashion. The use of artificial intelligence may augment the benefits of using drone technology, for instance by calculating safe flight paths around a building undergoing inspection. 

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