Non-destructive testing services to meet a wide range of industry sector requirements

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 services 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 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 non-destructive testing capabilities include:

•    Ultrasonic Testing (UT), including C-scan, Immersion (IUT), Phased Array
•    Radiographic Testing (RT, Radiography, X-ray) including Gamma Ray
•    Eddy Current Testing (ET)
•    Magnetic Praticle Testing / Magnetic Particle Inspection (MT / MPI) 
•    Liquid Penetrant Testing (PT)
•    Visual and Optical Testing (VT)
•    Leak Testing (LT, Leak Detection)
•    Acoustic Emission Testing (AE)
•    Infrared and Thermal Testing (IR)
•    Shearography
•    Acoustic Resonance Testing (ART)
•    ASNT Level III and Level II
•    Field Services
•    Structural Steel Inspection

Our non-destructive testing experts test a wide range of materials, ranging from raw materials, such as sheet, plate, bar, coatings, and composites, to fully finished components.

Our non-destructive testing skills and experience training program

Element recognizes the importance of having qualified and highly trained technical staff to oversee our non-destructive testing procedures. 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, EN4179 and EN473, and have EASA 145 approval and BAE systems approval for level 3.

We provide non-destructive testing training in 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
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Standards We Test To

Element is A2LA Accredited to perform the following

  • ASTM E-595
  • ASTM E-1260
  • to meet NASA MSFC-SPEC-548
Xray Radiographic Inspection

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 Ring Roller

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

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.

Nondestructive testing preparation

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

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

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.

Hardness Testing Laboratories

Nondestructive Hardness Testing

Element supports 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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