The global rapid increase in use and demand for energy is a fact. Use of Fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) is forecast to double by 2030, with most of that growth stemming from developing countires. Alongside this more traditional power source nuclear power, hydro and other renewable engery sources are also set to grow. All of these factors combined bring their own challenges for the NDT industry as a whole as well as individual companies.
Ultrasonic non destructive testing techniques in this area include phased array, manual ultrasonic testing-shear wave and thickness measurement. Application environments within the power generation sector are numerous and include power plants refineries, petrochemical plants, nuclear power stations, wind turbines, transmission towers etc. Most inspections are looking to test for defects in welds, ensuring that they meet applicable operating codes.