Non-destructive testing is a term used to describe the process of testing an element without causing any damage. This testing can be done on a range of materials, including concrete, steel and timber. In this article, we will explain what you can use non-destructive testing on. Then we’ll give a few examples of what you can use non-destructive testing for.
Concrete non-destructive testing (NDT)
Non-destructive testing is a descriptive term used for the examination of materials and components in such a way that allows materials to be examined without changing or destroying their usefulness. NDT can be used to determine the size and location of surface and subsurface defects.
Non-destructive testing (NDT) is a quality assurance management tool which can give impressive results when used correctly. It requires an understanding of the various methods available, their capabilities, limitations, and knowledge of the relevant standards/specifications for performing the tests. NDT not only improves the understanding of your infrastructure, but can be used to forecast issues that can arise in the future.
New and existing structural elements can be quickly identified and analysed to find the structure’s as-built or residual strength. In the case of new structures, NDT allows the client to discover defects that may result in structural failure. By identifying and repairing defects early, the potential for failure can be reduced and considerable benefits for both cost and time can be achieved. Existing structures can be analysed using NDT and considerable savings can be made compared with destructive methods. NDT does away with costly elements that may require replacement or repair after a destructive testing process is used.
Non-destructive testing can be applied to each stage of the construction process. Elements can be examined using NDT and accepted or advised otherwise. Non-Destructive Testing techniques can then be used to monitor the integrity of the structure throughout its design life and give comprehensive data on its properties.
Non-Destructive Testing is used typically for the following reasons:
- Accident prevention,
- Cost reduction,
- Reliability improvement,
- Determination of acceptance to a given requirement,
- Information on repair criteria.
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