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Time of flight diffraction: an alternate non-destructive testing procedure to replace traditional methods
Author(s): K. G. Prabhakaran; Brian Stephen Wong; Yeo Yan Teng
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Paper Abstract

Time-of-flight-diffraction Technique (TOFD) is considered as one of the fastest methods of Non-destructive testing (NDT) since a weld can be characterized to a certain degree with one single scan along its length with two probes. An image of the complete weld is created showing component and, more importantly, any defect information. In this paper a comprehensive review of the TOFD technique covering many aspects, e.g. accuracy, coverage, resolution, repeatability, and last not least speed where the real value of TOFD lies-despite its few inherent limitations is presented. This paper presents the results of experimental investigations carried out using various NDT techniques including TOFD on specimens such as welds with various types of defects. The results of these investigations are compared and the feasibility of using TOFD as an alternative NDT procedure to replace the traditional NDT methods of inspecting fabricated pressure vessel components are examined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 2005
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5852, Third International Conference on Experimental Mechanics and Third Conference of the Asian Committee on Experimental Mechanics, (12 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.621562
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K. G. Prabhakaran, Kellogg Brown & Root Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. (Singapore)
Brian Stephen Wong, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)
Yeo Yan Teng, MJ Inspection Consultancy Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5852:
Third International Conference on Experimental Mechanics and Third Conference of the Asian Committee on Experimental Mechanics
Chenggen Quan; Fook Siong Chau; Anand Asundi; Brian Stephen Wong; Chwee Teck Lim, Editor(s)

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