Element’s 6Mev Linear Accelerator emits high-energy radiation to enable quick and efficient radiographic testing of thick steel castings.
Based at the Sheffield Forgemasters site, Element is one of the few companies in the UK that are able to offer the Linear Accelerator Testing service.
Advantages of linear accelerator testing
The Linear Accelerator testing is useful to a range of sectors including the Aerospace, Defense, and the Energy markets. It is a form of non-destructive testing used to detect defects in weld quality, castings, and structures, revealing faults such as porosity, inclusions, and cracks.
In comparison to traditional Gamma radiography of thick steel sections, the time taken to penetrate particular materials is vastly improved, from hours to minutes.
Materials we test
The 6 MeV X-ray source is used for X-ray radiography applications. The equipment is most suited for industrial radiography, penetrating cast steel of over 300mm cumulative wall thickness, however, it can be used to speed up the test time on smaller pieces of metals and for a range of product types including castings, welds & forgings.
X-ray images can be produced on a variety of media from traditional film to the latest digital and computerized technology.
Standards we test to
Our experts are able to test to both nationally and internationally recognized standards including but not limited to:
- DEF-STAN 02-729
- T9074-AS-GIB-010-271 REV 1 (NAVSEA)
- ASME V & BS EN ISO 5579
The Element advantage
Our LINAC radiographic capabilities enable faster and more efficient turnaround times, as well as improved quality control. We also provide conventional radiography, computed radiography, digital radiography, computed tomography, and close proximity radiography at our laboratories around the world.
Contact our expert team, and partner with Element for all your NDT needs and ensure your products are safe, reliable, and get to market quickly.
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Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)
Element's NDT services comply with a wide variety of industry standards, government contracts, military specifications and unique customer requirements.
Radiographic Inspection (RT)
Element has the capabilities to perform conventional film radiography to Computed and Digital radiography, a highly sensitive method that produces an image in a digital format that is viewable on any laptop or computer.
Ultrasonic Testing (UT)
Our inspectors use ultrasonic waveforms to pass through a material to detect flaws and provide a complete volumetric inspection. Contact testing, Phased Array and the Immersion technique are available for complex geometric parts that otherwise may not be subject to complete volumetric inspection.
Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI)
Magnetic particle inspection is one of the fastest and most cost effective non destructive examinations available for ferromagnetic materials such as castings, weldments, forgings, machined or stamped parts. Element performs on-site evaluations using portable equipment and in-lab inspections on large components weighing up to 12,000 pounds.