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Power Plant Inspection Services

MISTRAS has extensive non-destructive examination and monitoring solutions that can help ensure the safe operation of your energy assets. The company’s solutions include ECT probes, drone inspections, and nondestructive testing methods. Whether you have a small power plant or a large, complex energy asset, MISTRAS can help.

Job description for Power Plant Inspection Services

Power plant inspection services are important to ensure that a power plant is safe and reliable. The job entails a variety of tasks, from non-destructive testing during construction to identifying structural problems. For example, welds should be tested to determine whether they are sound, and piping systems and boilers should be inspected to ensure that they are in good working condition. These services are also important for refurbishments and enhancements to existing power plants.

NDE Technicians perform the necessary NDE tasks on site and prepare inspection procedures. They also validate equipment prior to deployment on site. They also supervise the work of tradespeople and ensure that all site work is executed in accordance with procedures and safety requirements. Finally, they communicate with customers.

Nondestructive testing methods

There are a number of nondestructive testing methods that can be used to assess power plants. The most important of these tests is the radiography, which allows for a more accurate measurement of the thickness of a metal. Another important method is the ultrasonic testing, which allows for a quick assessment of a boiler or piping system’s integrity. These inspections help prevent the occurrence of a life-threatening event if the power plant goes offline. They are also helpful for refurbishments and enhancements to power plants that are already in operation.

These services also utilize nondestructive testing methods to analyze a system’s current situation. These methods require less downtime and can help plant personnel cultivate strategic plans to improve system longevity. They can also monitor corrosion, analyze the severity of damage, and evaluate the integrity of equipment. Finally, they can ensure that a system is fit for the service that it is intended to perform.

Drone inspections

Drone inspections are a new, cost-effective way to monitor power plants. The drones are capable of collecting video, thermal images, and photographs, and analyzing them to detect damage. This technology is ideal for power plants because it allows for more frequent, strategic planning and maintenance. Drones can be programmed to send data straight to a smartphone app, enabling plant operators to see damage details on a real-time basis.

Drones are also useful for inspecting confined spaces, which makes them a good fit for power plants. Drones can fly in tight spaces, without having to put people at risk. They can also identify potential problem areas and help repair them. Drones can also save money by cutting down on scaffolding, which can take several days to build.

ECT probes

One way of conducting inspections using ECT is through the use of a single-element ECT probe. This type of ECT probe makes use of a coil of conductive wire that creates an alternating magnetic field around itself. When the coil approaches a conductive material, it induces eddy currents, or electrical currents, which measure the size, shape, and density of the structure.

The use of ECT probes can detect defects in a variety of materials and components. High-quality probes allow analysts to capture data with one pass, saving them time and money. They are available in a variety of sizes and configurations. Some ECT probes can be handheld, while others are larger and can be used in a laboratory setting.

Ultrasonic testing

Ultrasonic testing is a method of assessing the structural integrity of a power plant. This type of inspection uses a transducer to detect flaws and irregularities. This type of testing requires a trained technician who can interpret the data collected. The equipment includes a transducer, a pulser/receiver, and a display. There are several types of transducers, including contact, wheel, and remote. Contact transducers are used for fast, efficient inspection of long pipes. Remote transducers are used for measuring thickness at different angles, and flexible transducers are used to inspect external and internal surfaces. The transducer is connected to a flaw detector gauge, which processes ultrasonic signals to generate waveform displays.

Ultrasonic testing is an excellent way to find flaws in pipes and structures. It does not require the removal of the affected material and can be done in confined areas. It is also a useful tool for identifying corrosion in pipes and pressure vessels.