A radiographic calibration method for eddy current testing of heat exchanger tubes

Amir Movafeghi, Mohammad H. Kargarnovin, Hamid Soltanianzadeh, Kaveh Edalati, Behrouz Rokrok, Aboutaleb Kermani, Masoud Seidi

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The most technically available NDT method for in-service inspection of heat exchanger tubes is eddy current testing. Using a differential ID bobbin probe, tubes can be tested with high speed, but for accurate estimation of tube condition, precisely machined calibration blocks from the same material are necessary. The purpose of this work was to calibrate the eddy current system by radiography without the use of expensive calibration blocks. Wall thickness measurement and deterioration determination due to corrosion/erosion/pitting was evaluated in this study by using radiograph ie film density measurements. It was found that this method can determine the remaining wall thickness as well as pitting corrosion in the tubes using differential and absolute film density measurements. Results show that good precision can bo obtained with this method of eddy current system calibration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594-597
Number of pages4
JournalInsight: Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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