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Title: Using Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing in Lieu of Radiography for Acceptance of Carbon Steel Piping Welds

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is conducting studies for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to assess the capability, effectiveness, and reliability of ultrasonic testing (UT) as a replacement method for radiographic testing (RT) for volumetric examination of nuclear power plant (NPP) components. This particular study focused on evaluating the use of UT on carbon steel plate welds. Welding fabrication flaws included a combination of planar and volumetric types, e.g., incomplete fusion, lack of penetration, cracks, porosity, and slag inclusions. The examinations were conducted using phased-array (PA) UT techniques applied primarily for detection and flaw type characterization. This paper will discuss the results of using UT in lieu of RT for detection and classification of fabrication flaws in carbon steel plate welds.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1156996
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-101427
401001060
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: PVP 2014 Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference: Innovation and Imagination in Pressure Vessels and Piping, July 20-24, 2014, Anaheim, California, Conference CD:Paper No. PVP2014-28832
Publisher:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, NY, United States(US).
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
ultrasonic testing; radiography testing; NDE reliability