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What Is Nondestructive Testing?

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What is Nondestructive Testing?

A non-destructive test is an inspection that does not affect the part being tested. NDT can be used to inspect, test, or evaluate materials, components, or assemblies for discontinuities or differences in characteristics without destroying the serviceability of the part. In other words, when the inspection or test is completed, the part can still be used, the NDT equipment like ultrasonic flaw detectors, ultrasonic thickness gauges, and etc.

Nondestructive Testing (NDT) is a powerful technique for inspecting materials, components, and assemblies. It provides visual evidence of discontinuities and differences in characteristics without destroying the serviceability of the part or system. 

NDT also allows for detailed examination of surface features, including defect densities and textures. NDT may be used over a broad range of physical phenomena: from microscopic defects to macroscopic damage.

What’s the Application of Nondestructive Testing?

Nondestructive Testing is used by many industries, including aerospace, automotive, construction, electrical and electronic, energy, food and beverage processing, government agencies, and the military. 

NDT is used to manufacture composite materials to ensure strength and quality. NDT is also used to inspect critical components such as gears, bearings, and wheels during their production and in-service inspections to ensure that the products being used continue to have the integrity necessary for their proper function.

NDT is widely used to inspect metal structures during fabrication or erection phases. NDT can be applied to metal parts at various stages during the manufacturing process, including cold working processes such as heat-treatments (annealing or tempering), laser processes (laser cutting or welding) which may create internal stresses, forming operations such as rolling or pressing operations where metal may be deformed without breaking it or bending it while still hot. 

During welding processes, NDT can be applied before, during, or after the welding process to ensure that welds are of a quality suitable for the intended use. In addition to NDT

inspection of welds and other metal parts, NDT can be used on products such as gears, bearings, and wheels which may be used in various applications.

NDT is also widely used to inspect composite materials during their production. During composite part manufacture, NDT is applied at various stages in the manufacturing process, including casting operations (such as injection molding), joining processes (such as welding), and forming operations (such as rolling or pressing operations). 

NDT methods are also applied to composite materials such as gears, bearings, and wheels, which may be used in various applications.

What are the Most Common NDT Methods?

1. Visual NDT Testing

When inspecting small or large parts, pipes, tubes, crew space, and under the helicopters, materials can be identified with visual techniques, including light reflection, radiography, and thermal imaging.

2. Optical Inspection Methods

The inspectors use various methods to “see” or “shine” materials that may have imperfections. Applications include non-destructive testing on bulk shipments of products, freight cars, commodities, and raw materials. 

The methods include X-Rays, GX-Rays, HVLS Discharge X-Rays, UV-Rays, and PIN Discharge XRays.

3. Magnetic Particle Inspection Methods

To inspect small or large parts, pipes, and tubes, they conduct fluid particle inspection, or with magnetic transducers, they can surface mount survey implements algorithm coupled with employed recipient substances (MSC). 

4. Penetrant Testing Methods

Of these techniques, their main types of penetrant testing for different levels and degrees of maintenance to keep your structures safe are penetrant dye duration testing using a few concentrations for evaluating manufacturers’ products and engineer design materials and are used as:

a) Duration/effect assessment – phase I (DATU), 

b) Dus, 

c) Reaction, 

d) Conjunction 

e) Both the three above (phase I & ii interpretation).

5. Scattering Glow Light Segment Sure

There are Tracer methods. Developed in NLD to be used primarily on or immersed in water or other liquids. Since there is no instrumentation, it requires the injection of a liquid into the source then noting where it emerges from the stationary top surface scattered light rays emitted from within this medium.

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In conclusion, we have demonstrated that nondestructive testing is an important part of the inspection process. It is used to detect defects in materials, components, and assemblies. It is also used to determine the material’s physical properties, such as its ductility, yield strength, fracture toughness, and fatigue strength. 

It has been used for many years to ensure the quality of materials and components during their manufacturing processes, and in-service inspections ensure product integrity and reliability. NDT is used in many fields, including construction, manufacturing, and healthcare today.

Michal Pukala
Electronics and Telecommunications engineer with Electro-energetics Master degree graduation. Lightning designer experienced engineer. Currently working in IT industry.