Top Rated Non-OEM Boiler inspection provider United Dynamics Corporation offers Linear Phased Array Testing through the NDE Division. This service adds yet another high quality innovative technology to the already long list of advanced NDE services currently provided; the addition of LPA services was established for over two years prior to its offering. UDC felt it was optimal for all LPA engineer/technicians to be educated and thoroughly trained before taking this new service fully into the field for clients. This decision has allowed UDC engineer/technicians to rise as some of the best in the industry.
Advanced nondestructive examination, including linear phased-array (LPA) ultrasonic techniques are being used increasingly to achieve greater reliability and reduce forced outages at fossil units across the nation.
Phased Array Inspection offers advanced angle beam testing inspection and has all the advantages of shear wave testing plus increased speed of inspection along with supplying a visual record of scans and defects comparable to radiographic film. It has the ability in a one line scan to receive data on all angles. The amount of useful data collected using Phased Array Inspection as compared to standard shear wave is as little as 10x and up to 64x more depending on the transducer used. Conventional shear wave provides an inspector an A-scan screen to interpret data from however with phased array inspection, the inspector has A-scan, B-scan, C-scan, as well as S-scan screens to interpret data. Also with the additional screens the sizing or depth from surface, length, height of defect/indication is within +/- 1.5mm.
UDC’s specialized team of inspectors meets all qualification requirements for LPA testing. The majority of the LPA Team members are Level I or Level II in UT, MT, PT, Phased Array, and Shear Wave NDE practices. The teams’ training was provided by UDC’s own Level III inspector who has skillfully transferred his knowledge to these already experienced inspectors. The implemented training has been considered key to the successful addition of LPA testing as a service due to level of accurate results directly correlating to the technician's knowledge/training.
Now you know the experience is in place. The boiler assessors are certified. The scheduling load is measured. The reports are real-time and on-time. The same high quality commitment to consistency that has propelled UDC to rise to the top among ratings for boiler inspection services underpins the LPA testing services.
The UDC team is geared up to assist the industry and clients in the overall health of boilers, optimizing every unit. As the demand to do more with less continues, the necessity for true, proven best practices in maintenance programs, operation, and data cross-referencing of all areas across the plant will play a key role in the future of every unit. Together, we can provide the maintenance necessary for these units to provide power today as well as merge into the role of cleaner power for tomorrow.