Nondestructive testing (NDT) covers a wide group of analysis techniques used to evaluate the properties of a material, part, product, weld, or system without materially affecting the integrity of the unit under test.
NDT laboratories are a valuable partner for industries including forensic, mechanical, electrical, civil, systems, aerospace and aeronautical engineering, as well as medical applications. The terms nondestructive inspection (NDI) and Nondestructive evaluation (NDE) are also commonly used to describe nondestructive testing methodology.
Element’s Nondestructive testing services are designed to comply with a wide variety of industry standards, government contracts, and military specifications, as well as unique customer requirements. We use ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP), SNT-TC-1A certified technicians and Certified Weld Inspectors (CWIs) to deliver a full range of Level III NDT services, including certified weld inspection, to assist our clients in projects ranging from material analysis or product qualification testing to quality assurance and audit programs.
Our nondestructive testing laboratories possess unrivaled capacity and technical expertise within the field of nondestructive testing. We utilize a wide variety of advanced equipment capable of performing quality inspections for virtually any form of ferrous or non-metallic material, component, or assembly. Element’s NDT services can be provided both in the laboratory and at virtually any customer site across the US, UK, and Europe.
Standards we test to
AMS 2154, AMS 2132, AMS 2154, AMS 2630, AMS 2632, AMS 2634, AMS 2300, AMS 2301, AMS 2303, AMS 2630, AMS 2631, AMS 2632, AMS 2633, AMS 2634, AMS 2635, AMS 2640, AMS 2442, AMS 2645, AMS 2646, AMS 2647, AMS 645
SAE J420, SAE J422, SAE J426
American Petroleum Institute
API STD 1104
ASTM A275/A275M, ASTM A388/A388M, ASTM A435/A435M, ASTM A577/A577M, ASTM A578/A578M, ASTM A609/A609M, ASTM B244, ASTM B548, ASTM B594, ASTM D2950, ASTM E45 (Method A), ASTM E94, ASTM E14,ASTM E114, ASTM E164, ASTM E165, ASTM E192, ASTM E213, ASTM E273, ASTM E309, ASTM E317, ASTM E376, ASTM E426, ASTM E428, ASTM E566, ASTM E587, ASTM E703, ASTM E709, ASTM E766, ASTM E797, ASTM E1030, ASTM E1032, ASTM E1208, ASTM E1209, ASTM E1210, ASTM E1219, ASTM E1220, ASTM E1417, ASTM E1418, ASTM E1444, ASTM E1742, ASTM E2375, ASTM E2631, ASTM E2700,
API STD 6A, API 1104
ASME Section III, ASME Section V, ASME Section VIII, ASME Section IX, ASME B16.34, ASME B31.1, ASME B31.4
American Welding Society
AWS D1.1, AWS D1.5
Deutsches Institut Fur Normung E.V.
DIN 50602, DIN EN 10160, DIN EN 10163, DIN EN 10228-3, DIN EN 10228-4, DIN EN 10246-6, DIN EN 10306, DIN EN 10307, DIN EN 10308, DIN EN 12680, DIN EN 13018, DIN EN 1369, DIN EN 1370, DIN EN 1371, DIN EN 14127, DIN EN 571, DIN EN 583-4, DIN EN ISO 10893, DIN EN ISO 17637, DIN EN ISO 17638, DIN EN ISO 17640, DIN EN ISO 22825, DIN EN ISO 3452, DIN EN ISO 8501, DIN EN ISO 9934, DIN ISO 4386-1
EN 571-1, EN 1289, EN 1435
MIL-I-6868, MIL-I-8950, MIL-STD- 271, MIL-STD- 453, MIL-STD-883, MIL-STD-1907, MIL-STD-1949, MIL-STD-2035, MIL-STD-2132, MIL-STD-2154, MIL-STD-6866
Aerospace Industries Association/National Aerospace Standards
NAS 410, NAS 824, NASM 1312-12
Nederlands Normalisatie Instituut
NEN-EN 1369, NEN-EN 1371-1/2, NEN-EN 571-1, NEN-EN-ISO 9934-1
Radiographic Inspection (RT)
Element operates radiographic laboratories around the country, staffed with certified technicians and outfitted with the latest technical and image processing equipment to process, inspect, and certify a wide variety of products for the aerospace, power generation, military, nuclear, and commercial industries. 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 can be viewed on any laptop or computer.
Ultrasonic Inspection (UT)
Element’s highly-trained staff of certified ultrasonic inspectors utilize advanced instrumentation and data reporting capabilities to quickly and accurately detect and identify flaws and measure material depth for a variety of applications and industries, including aerospace, military, and commercial. Using this method, Element inspectors are able to 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.
Liquid Penetrant Inspection (PT)
Element's liquid penetrant inspection laboratories feature processing lines which enable our technicians to conduct penetrant testing on everything from small electronic components to large parts up to 15 feet in diameter. PT has the advantage of being able to detect flaws in non metallic and non ferromagnetic materials and is also one of the most portable of the surface inspection methods, allowing us to conduct comprehensive onsite penetrant inspection.
Magnetic Particle Inspection (MT)
Magnetic particle inspection is one of the fastest and most cost effective nondestructive examinations available for ferromagnetic materials such as castings, weldments, forgings, machined or stamped parts. Element supports today’s precision aerospace, military, nuclear, and commercial industries with magnetic particle inspections ranging from on-site evaluations using portable equipment to in-lab inspections on large components weighing up to 12,000 pounds.
Eddy Current Inspection (ET)
Eddy current techniques are commonly used for the nondestructive examination and condition monitoring of a large variety of metallic structures, including heat exchanger tubes, aircraft fuselage, and aircraft structural components. This method is especially useful for detecting the effects of processing and shaping operations during production, as well as corrosion damage or cracking for most nonmagnetic metals and alloys.
Visual Inspection (VT)
Element provides a number of visual testing services that in most cases can be the first method of inspection to detect defects and observe problems in the earliest stages of fabrication. AWS Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI), ASNT’s ACCP (ASNT Central Certification Program) and ASNT-TC-1A Level II technicians have the ability and training to utilize the latest in optical enhancing devices such as borescopes and digital video crawlers.
Nondestructive Hardness Testing
Recent advancements in new techniques has allowed Element to support a variety of portable and nondestructive hardness testing methods. Methods such as UCI (Ultrasonic Contact Impedance), TIV (Through Indenter Viewing), and improvements in the rebound method (Leeb) provide a critical solution for verification of hardness on large components with complex geometries.
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