Non destructive testing (NDT) covers a wide group of techniques used to evaluate the properties of a material, part, product, weld, or system without materially affecting the integrity of the unit being inspected or investigated under the test procedure.
The non destructive testing methods we offer 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 NDT services. Our Engaged Experts assist clients in projects ranging from material analysis or product qualification testing to quality assurance and audit programs.
Our NDT Expert Training Program
Element recognizes the importance of having qualified and highly trained technical staff to oversee our non destructive testing methods. We adhere to clearly defined certification systems that have been established to guarantee the highest possible standards of expertise on the part of our personnel.
We operate two internal NDT training centers within Element that specialize in teaching non destructive testing to ASNT, NAS 410, EN4179 and EN473, and have EASA 145 approval and BAE systems approval for level 3.
We provide NDT training for the following areas:
- Practical testing
- System tests and calibration of testing equipment
- Selection and implementation of testing methods
- Development and implementation of suitable testing methods
- Preparation of guidance documentation for testing processes
- Training of testing personnel
- Third-party certification of testing personnel
- Technical advice and level III support
- Tailor-made testing systems
- Non destructive testing for defense
Element offers computed tomography with high-resolution 3D images to provide detailed examination of components which can be used for production defect detection, failure analysis, and reverse engineering.
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.
Eddy Current Testing (ET)
Eddy current techniques are commonly used for the non destructive examination and condition monitoring of a large variety of metallic structures, including heat exchanger tubes, aircraft fuselage, and aircraft structural components.
Liquid Penetrant Inspection (LPI)
LPI has the advantage of being able to detect flaws in nonmetallic and nonferromagnetic materials and is also one of the most portable of the surface inspection methods, allowing us to conduct a comprehensive onsite penetrant 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.
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.
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.
NDT Field Services
When employed at critical stages of the manufacturing or fabrication process, our non destructive evaluation technicians work in the field to optimize production and ensure the quality of your finished product.
Non Destructive Hardness Testing
Element supports a variety of portable and non destructive 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.