Element’s Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Inspection services help you ensure your products' integrity and reliability while in-service and save you time and money when evaluating your products, troubleshooting, or carrying out research.
What is non-destructive testing (NDT)?
NDT covers a broad group of techniques used to evaluate the properties of a material, component, assembly, part, product, weld, or system, without materially affecting the integrity of the unit being inspected or investigated under the test procedure.
Non-destructive testing services
The NDT service methods we offer are designed to comply with a variety of industry standards, unique customer requirements, government contracts, and military specifications. We serve many sectors and can test metallic and composite materials from raw materials such as sheet, plate, bar, and pipe to stand-alone components.
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 experts assist clients in projects ranging from material analysis or product qualification testing to quality assurance and audit programs.
Non-destructive testing methods
We provide a full suite of NDT methods, including, but not limited to:
- Radiographic testing
- Digital radiography
- Computed tomography
- Eddy current testing (ET)
- Liquid penetrant testing (LPI - fluorescent & color)
- Magnetic particle inspection (MPI)
- Dimensional inspection
- Visual inspection
- Ultrasonic testing and inspection services
- Weld inspection services
- Surface roughness testing with optical profilometry
- Acoustic Emission (AE) testing
- Leak testing
The Element advantage
At Element, we have unrivaled expertise in testing; our personnel are highly trained and experienced, holding certification from Levels 1 - 3 across recognized schemes, including SNT-TC-1-A (ASNT), ISO 9712 PCN, BS EN 4179, and NAS 410.
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
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)
From nuclear reactors to bridges and aircraft fuselage, our NDT services guarantee regulatory standards are met before components are put into service. Element uses NDT to determine cracks, porosities, welding defects, and material properties on-site, in-field, and in our laboratories.
As a leader in NDT services, Element harnesses the world’s most advanced testing capabilities and expertise to help our customers transform the world we live in.
Industrial Computed Tomography
Element offers high-resolution industrial computed tomography to provide a detailed examination of components that can be used for production defect detection, dimensional inspection, 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 non ferromagnetic 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.
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.
NDT Field Services
When employed at critical stages of the manufacturing or fabrication process, our NDE technicians work in the field to optimize production and ensure the quality of your finished product.