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Eddy current and IRIS inspection services to FPSO and Offshore Facilities 

Qualitest Canada provides Eddy current and IRIS (Internal Rotary Inspection System) inspection services to FPSO and Offshore facilities worldwide. Qualitest Canada’s Inspectors perform Eddy current and advanced tube inspection with IRIS technology facilities where our service is needed. We can send its inspectors with the fully loaded gears to any corners of the world including all kind of onshore and offshore facilities.

Eddy Current Testing

Advanced Eddy Current Testing (ET) is a collection of eddy current testing methods that works with the same principles as basic eddy current testing. Qualitest Canada includes tubing and array surface inspections within this portfolio and our inspectors possess a high level of experience in order to provide an accurate interpretation of the resulting data.

With eddy current testing tubing inspections all kind of bobbin configurations are needed, dependent on the task. For the eddy current testing array inspection, specific channel multiplexing is achieved when groups of coils are excited at timed intervals to eliminate interference from mutual inductance. As allowing those to work together during the scanning means those wider inspection areas will be covered than with conventional eddy current testing probes. Coils are considered multiplexed when the active time interval of one or a combination of coils expires and the active time interval of other coils starts.

Eddy Current Testing at Qualitest Canada offers a range of applications and advantages, including:

  • Inspectors can inspect the complete tube length of the pipe.
  • Several hundred tubes per shift and per eddy current system
  • Detection and separation of inside and outside defects
  • Evaluation of defect depth
  • Defect monitoring capabilities, based on the digital storage of the EC-signals
  • Eddy current array (ECA) testing is applicable to all kinds of surface configurations.

IRIS (Internal Rotary Inspection System)

IRIS (Internal Rotary Inspection System) applies ultrasonic technology for the non-destructive testing of tubes and pipes. The maintenance team in many processing facilities in the utility, oil, gas and power generation industries is facing challenges in maximizing the efficiency and life expectancy of their assets but without sacrificing safety and reliability. Therefore accurate inspection of vital components such as tubes and pipes is crucial to ensuring the integrity of the plant.

IRIS (Internal Rotary Inspection System) technology can detect corrosion, pitting and wall loss and is most commonly used for tube inspection in boilers, heat exchangers, air coolers and feed water heaters. It is particularly versatile as it is suitable for both ferrous and non-ferrous materials, and IRIS can be used on a wide range of tube diameters and wall thicknesses. An IRIS probe is inserted into a tube flooded with water. The probe is fitted with a transducer that generates an ultrasonic pulse along a path parallel to the axis of the tube. A rotating mirror directs the ultrasonic pulse into the tube wall. A small turbine, rotated by the pressure of water pumped into the tube, drives the mirror.

The ultrasound pulses are reflected by the inner-diameter (ID) wall and outer-diameter (OD) wall of the tube and the time of flight difference between the two diameters is used to calculate the wall’s thickness. As the IRIS probe is pulled, the spinning motion of the mirror results in a helical scan path ensuring full coverage of the tube.

Benefits of using IRIS include:

  • Suitability for ferrous and non-ferrous pipes and tubes.
  • Detection of corrosion, pitting and thickness loss
  • Accurate wall thickness measurements
  • Sensitivity extends to both internal and external defects.
  • Defect position can be located in relation to tube length
  • 100% coverage of the tubes
  • Results data storage

Flexibility as a back-up to remote field, magnetic flux leakage and eddy current inspections.  Our NDT inspectors have years of experience using IRIS and they can provide you with an accurate assessment of the condition of your assets and Total Quality Assurance.

With this advanced on-site reporting, there is no longer a need to wait for days to receive a report. Decisions based on tube condition can now be made in less than an hour. Qualitest can handle any size of the tube inspection project within Canada and internationally.

Contact us admin@qualitests.com today to get a quote.