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Top 10 Pocket UT® Applications

Top 10 Pocket UT® Applications

The Pocket UT™, with its range of compatible scanners, provides a wide range of potential applications. Everything from weld inspection and delamination evaluation to aircraft lightning strike inspection is possible with this versatile product. Read on to learn more about the top 10 applications of the Pocket UT®.

Impact Damage Assessment on Composites

Small area impact damage is a big concern for most aerospace and aircraft manufacturers throughout the world. The size and severity of the damage must be known and assessed before repairs can commence. Most inspections are accomplished using conventional flaw detectors that do not record the ultrasonic information or size of the area of interest. There is a need for inspectors to provide as much data as possible to the engineers for analysis. MISTRAS has developed an instrument to supply inspectors with the tools necessary to not only find damage, but also size and document the damage using the Pocket UT®.

Aircraft Lightning Strike inspection

Lightning Strikes, although infrequently, happen during flights all over the world. The damage needs to be inspected to determine the area and depth of the affected location. The Pocket UT® can map the area and show thickness and total area of the damage. A, B and C-scans help the inspector evaluate the area and plan repairs.

Delamination Evaluation in Composites

Inspection on areas of a composite fuselage to detect damage must provide engineers as much data as possible before an assessment can be made. With the Pocket UT®, we can supply inspectors with the tools necessary to not only find damage, but also size and collect data of the damage. Inspection using an automated X-Y scanner allows a C-scan to display data almost instantly, whereas a conventional means would take several hours.

TOFD Weld Inspection

Our portable TOFD inspection system enables you to view weld quality quickly, right in the palm of your hand.

The TOFD Scanner positions two angle beam transducers facing each other to transmit and receive the diffraction of ultrasonic waves generated in this technique, allowing the user to view weld quality quickly. This highly efficient hand-held inspection scanner needs only one person to operate, and is sensitive enough that an external preamplifier is not needed.

Rope Access UT Inspection

Performing inspection on hard to reach or inaccessible areas where corrosion is suspected can be very dangerous and difficult. The ability to reach these locations is performed by certified rope access specialists. For a safe and efficient inspection technique, the Pocket UT® allows companies to complete their inspection projects in a safe, cost-effective and timely fashion. Using The Pocket UT®, which weighs only 2 pounds, to inspect theses areas can be completed in minutes and produced a large amount of thickness readings with accompanying location data.

Boiler Tube Thickness Evaluation

Ultrasonic thickness testing is used in Waterwall Tube and Fire Tube inspection to detect wall thickness loss, is. The Pocket UT® is a portable instrument that meets the requirements to ultrasonically test using any variety of contact single or dual element type transducers. The A-Scan display provides confirmation of a good signal response. The thickness measurements are data logged all in the same instrument making the Pocket UT® very efficient instrument for boiler tube inspection.

Flow Accelerated Corrosion Mapping

Flow Accelerated Corrosion (FAC) is a very serious problem in Power Generation facilities. It is an increased rate of corrosion or material dissolution caused by the fast flow of a fluid on an unprotected material surface. The pipes and elbows must be tested with ultrasonics to determine remaining wall thickness. Currently, this is done with conventional thickness gauges, a time consuming process that provides a limited amount of data.

EPRI CHECWORKS compatible for Nuclear use

Nuclear power plants experience leaks and ruptures caused by Flow Accelerated Corrosion (FAC). Our Pocket UT® is a tool to assist with this widespread problem within the steam water circuits of power plants. The pipes and elbows are tested with ultrasonics to determine remaining wall thickness. By using an RUS Scanner, location data can be stored along with the thickness and amplitude data to be analyzed, showing areas of corrosion. The speed and effectiveness of the Pocket UT® enables the inspector to gather more information quicker and easier.

Bridge Gusset Plate Corrosion Assessment

The Pocket UT®, when accompanied by an RUS Scanner, has the ability to use ultrasonic testing techniques to gather thickness data showing areas of corrosion on bridges, like gusset plates in steel bridges. Using the Pocket UT® for thickness mapping of gusset plates allows inspectors to pinpoint divots and section loss in a fraction of the time of a typical gage. Not only is data collected 75% faster, the scan results are immediately displayed and recorded for future trending comparisons. In addition to this inspection technique limiting the amount of time used to gather data, it also minimizes the amount of time inspectors have to spend on a bridge, which is a huge safety factor.

Rapid Pipe Thickness Scans for Wall Loss

Many pipelines are inspected by single point ultrasonic measurements. The Pocket UT® gives you the capability of retrieving data by attaching an encoded hand held scanner. This increased inspection speed can save money and inspection time, and gathers more data in the same amount of time.