The challenge is always on mine engineers and their chosen inspection partners to ensure that condition assessment of critical components is done efficiently and effectively.
One area where ALS has been improving outcomes for our clients has been in the inspection of critical shafts using tailored phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT).
Critical shafts come in a variety of geometries and with varying access requirements.
Bespoke inspection methods are often therefore needed to ensure that;
- All areas of the shaft where critical defects could occur are adequately inspected.
- The inspection method chosen minimises down time and associated costs.
Phased Array Ultrasonic testing coupled with custom designed scanning equipment can meet these primary needs through;
- Significant flexibility to manage unique shaft geometries.
- In-situ inspection to allow comprehensive coverage of critical regions without the cost of disassembly and extensive down-time.
- Relatively high speed (compared to other NDT techniques) of inspection, further minimising down time.
- High probability of detection of the most critical defects, particularly developing cracks.
These benefits can be realised through experienced phased array technicians, combined with custom mechanical scanners to allow maximum access to shaft surfaces from which inspection can be completed.
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ALS has PAUT staff in locations across Australia to support your needs for specialised component inspection. Contact us to discuss how PAUT / TOFD can be tailored to meet your inspection requirements.