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Title: Application of CdZnTe Gamma-Ray Detector for Imaging Corrosion under Insulation

Corrosion under insulation (CUI) on the external wall of steel pipes is a common problem in many types of industrial plants. This is mainly due to the presence of moisture or water in the insulation materials. This type of corrosion can cause failures in areas that are not normally of a primary concern to an inspection program. The failures are often the result of localised corrosion and not general wasting over a large area. These failures can tee catastrophic in nature or at least have an adverse economic effect in terms of downtime and repairs. There are a number of techniques used today for CUI investigations. The main ones are profile radiography, pulse eddy current, ultrasonic spot readings and insulation removal. A new system now available is portable Pipe-CUI-Profiler. The nucleonic system is based on dual-beam gamma-ray absorption technique using Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CdZnTe) semiconductor detectors. The Pipe-CUI-Profiler is designed to inspect pipes of internal diameter 50, 65, 80, 90, 100, 125 and 150 mm. Pipeline of these sizes with aluminium or thin steel sheathing, containing fibreglass or calcium silicate insulation to thickness of 25, 40 and 50 mm can be inspected. The system has proven to be a safe,more » fast and effective method of inspecting pipe in industrial plant operations. This paper describes the application of gamma-ray techniques and CdZnTe semiconductor detectors in the development of Pipe-CUI-Profiler for non-destructive imaging of corrosion under insulation of steel pipes. Some results of actual pipe testing in large-scale industrial plant will be presented.« less
Authors:
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  1. Plant Assessment Technology (PAT) Group, Industrial Technology Division, Malaysia Institute for Nuclear Technology Research (MINT), Bangi, 43000 Kajang (Malaysia)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21061709
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 909; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: ICSSST 2006: 2. international conference on solid state science and technology 2006, Kuala Terengganu (Malaysia), 4-6 Sep 2006; Other Information: DOI: 10.1063/1.2739828; (c) 2007 American Institute of Physics; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ABSORPTION; CADMIUM TELLURIDES; CALCIUM SILICATES; CORROSION; EDDY CURRENTS; GAMMA RADIATION; INSPECTION; MOISTURE; PIPELINES; SEMICONDUCTOR DETECTORS; SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; STEELS; ZINC TELLURIDES