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About NDT


About Nondestructive Testing

Definition

"Quality control method that does not damage or destroy the material or product being tested. Performed on a finished

item instead of on a material sample, it uses infrared radiation, radiography, ultrasound, x-rays, and other techniques to
detect fatigue effects, structural flaws, and other such defects. Used also in authentication of art objects and paintings."

So what is NDT?

Basically NDT is a nondestructive testing method performed on an object of any size, shape or type of material to then determine either the presence of, or the absence of discontinuities, which means that the material is inspected for
breaks, gaps, cracks, or interruptions in the flow of the material (or lack of the previously stated). NDT doesn't just
show something that is damaged, but also ensures quality in existing material (by inspection of said material) and proving
the lack of any discontinuities, thus one refers to non destructive testing as quality control.

Who uses NDT?

Anyone in the field of inspection of aircrafts, space shuttles, gas turbines, pipelines, power plants, chemical plants, refineries, hydroplants, motor vehicles, buildings, oil platforms, bridges and so on uses NDT as a method of quality
control, which then ensures the safety and reliability of each. Imagine a crack in a turbine that was built into an airplane
and the catastrophe, which can occur if this discontinuity was not found. During refueling outages, piping and turbines
have to be inspected so that the flow of power generation can continue without problems; NDT personnel ensure that
these problems do not take place.

NDT methods, each of them developed for specific purposes, ensure not only the safe use of the various inspected elements, but also ensure quality of the same.

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