Effective monitoring of asset integrity subject to corrosion and erosion while minimizing the exposure of personnel to difficult and hazardous working environments has always been a major problem in many industries. One solution of this problem is permanently installed ultrasonic monitoring equipment which can continuously provide information on the rate of corrosion or cracking, even in the most severe environments and at extreme temperatures to prevent the need for shutdown. Here, a permanently installed 5 MHz ultrasonic monitoring system based on our HotSense® technology is designed and investigated. The system applicability for wall thickness, crack monitoring and weld inspection in high temperature environments is demonstrated through experimental studies on a range of Schedule 40 pipes at temperatures up to 350 °C continuously.
The applicability for this technology to be distributed to Aerospace and Nuclear sectors are also explored and preliminary results discussed.
Tim Stevenson, Thomas Wines, David Martin, William Vickers, and Michael Laws, "HotSense: a high temperature piezoelectric platform for sensing and monitoring in extreme environments
(Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 9803, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2016, 98030L (Presented at SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring: March 21, 2016; Published: 22 June 2016); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2222139.4911978817001.
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