Author: Cory Wargacki, Regional Sales Manager
In the last five to six years, operators have taken greater steps to preserve theand are prioritizing a wider list of precautionary measures to ensure the prevention of pipeline failures. Part of their safety regimen includes conducting pipeline inspections that and size at- anomalies so they can make informed decisions to better preserve their pipelines.
As the demand has increased in Canada, NDT Global has become the go-to provider for these inline inspections. Specifically, crack inspections. Since I've started my career in the industry (16 years), a lot has changed. We have gone from being able to simply cracks in pipelines to having the ability to accurately size, locate, and apply attributes to -like features. We've made incredible strides with high-resolution data acquired from high-resolution tools and even more so with how that data is analyzed.
NDT Global inspects for different types of crack-like features. There are various types of crack-like features that NDT Global inspects. In Canada, axial cracking is the most common, but the demand to also inspect cracks has increased steadily throughout the last few years.
Circumferential Cracking Versus Axial Cracking
Ten years ago, the idea of havingcracking in your pipeline was mind boggling. But as technology advanced and as more inspections were conducted, it became apparent that circumferential cracks are very much a problem.
Circumferential cracking is not as age dependent as axial cracking but is primarily formed from the initiation of axialand not having the proper soil conditions. Whereas with axial cracking, cracks typically arise from low and poor welding practices, environmental conditions, stresses in the axis, and high rates of pressure cycling. If an suspects that both forms of cracks exist in their pipeline, it would be important to consider investing in both inspections as this is the only way (for now) for both types to be properly detected and sized.
At NDT Global, our ultrasonictechnology provides absolute depth sizing and crack depth profile for an accurate assessment. Due to NDT Global's high-resolution inspection tools, even minor cracks from approximately 1 mm (0.04 in.) in depth are detected and sized with tolerances as low as ±0.8 mm (±0.031 in.).
Industry-leading detection and sizing specifications
Full through-wall absolute depth sizing ability
High-density sensor spacing (5 mm resolution) provides a clear picture of everyrelated
Eclipse ultrasonic crack technology specifically designed for challengingmorphologies (hook cracks)
With NDT Global'ssolution, a diffracted shear-wave signal travels into the pipeline wall at a 45-degree angle and is reflected by an external or internal . The provides accurate data that is categorized into several properties such as a flaw property, length, width, type, and depth.
Due to the nature of initiation and propagation ofcracking, it can be very challenging to assess the severity of the features. NDT Global's 15 years of circumferential experience coupled with more than half a million analyzed and reported circumferential features has enabled our inspection and analysis teams to gain tremendous amounts of experience and a better understanding of circumferential characteristics.
Can be combined with an IMU to overlay areas of and cracking for identification of areas with potential
Detection of features as shallow as 1 mm (0.04 in.) depth with aof ±1.0 mm (±0.04 in.)
High-density sensor spacing (5 mm resolution) provides a clear picture of every-related
When investing in an ILI, the 'right' solution is rarely based on just a few factors. It’s always smart to look at an with a holistic approach to ensure you can save costs and increase operational value for years to come. While axial and inspections are both highly beneficial as separate inspections, operators often combine these inspections to identify more complex crack-like features that can be compromising to pipelines. As we continue to innovate our technological environments, NDT Global is committed to further enhancing both axial and technologies so operators can continue to sustain both durability and longevity for the life of their pipelines.
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