When employed at critical stages of the manufacturing or fabrication process, our non destructive testing (NDT) inspectors work in the field to optimize production and ensure the quality of your finished product.
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. Many of the NDT services performed in our materials testing laboratories are available onsite, on a call-out basis or for long-term projects.
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
Liquid Penetrant Testing (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.
Positive Material Identification (PMI)
Positive Material Identification (PMI) is the identification and analysis of various metal alloys by their chemical composition through nondestructive methods. PMI can be conducted on-site or in one of our NDT laboratories.
Radiographic inspection uses X-ray and gamma-ray technology. This method is an efficient, reliable NDT service for detecting and identifying surface and subsurface discontinuities.
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.