Ultrasonic testing (UT) is a non-destructive test method that utilizes sound waves to detect cracks and defects in parts and materials. It can also be used to determine a material’s thickness, such as measuring the wall thickness of a pipe. 

Because this method has higher power potential than other non-destructive test types, ultrasonic testing can produce images that are more clearly defined than other methods and indicate characteristics deeper than surface level. We offer ultrasonic testing services for a variety of industries, including Aerospace, Oil & Gas, Power Generation and more. 

Ultrasonic inspection methods 

Depending upon the test requirements, parts are evaluated using contact or immersion ultrasonic testing. Ultrasonic inspection relies on electronic transducers that transmit high-frequency sound waves to a material. These sound waves bounce back images, which reveal key characteristics of a material’s properties. The images created by ultrasonic testing can indicate cracks, weld grooves and fractures, as well as indicate material thickness and moving components.

Contact Ultrasonic Inspection

Contact ultrasonic testing is often used in situations where radiographic inspection is not possible because it requires access to only one side of the test specimen. Because of the portability of the equipment and variety of methods available, ultrasonic testing allows for the inspection of parts that are large, irregularly shaped, or unable to be transported.

Immersion Ultrasonic Inspection (IUT)

Immersion ultrasonic testing is a laboratory-based inspection, useful for the detection of smaller defects, from cracking to porosity. Submersing a component or material allows for better sound travel from the transducer, and provides accurate reporting of sub-surface irregularities and flaws. IUT supports a broad range of requirements as it applies to any wall thickness, as well as any material. Element has developed world-leading Immersion Ultrasonic Testing capabilities for the testing of pipe-line girth welds used in the Oil & Gas industry.

The Element advantage

Our ultrasonic testing experts provide in-house, onsite and field inspections and certifications. Whether your inspection requirements are for raw materials or fracture critical components, we offer the equipment, expertise and capacity for the task.

For more information about our ultrasonic inspection services or to request a quote, contact us today. 

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Triplett Machine Inc

Ultrasonic Inspection Ring Roller
Ultrasonic Testing (UT) & Inspection Services

Our Ultrasonic Testing Capabilities

We offer a full suite of ultrasonic inspection services to accommodate for test specimens of virtually any size.

Our ultrasonic testing capabilities include:

  • Turntable immersion tanks for components up to 6 feet in diameter
  • A vertical ring rolling immersion system for components up to 12 feet in diameter
  • Immersion tanks for plate, bar, and extrusion stock up to 36 feet long
  • TACTIC immersion line for pipe and bar
  • Contact ultrasonic for large components, plate, bar, and field services
  • Data acquisition
  • C-scan ultrasonic inspection
American Metal Society

AMS-STD-2132, AMS-STD 2154, AMS 2630, AMS 2631, AMS 2632, AMS 2634 

American Petroleum Institute 

API STD 1104

American Society of Mechanical Engineers


American Society for Non-Destructive Testing

NDT 5, NDT-UT-1001

ASTM International 

ASTM A388, ASTM A435, ASTM A577, ASTM A578, ASTM B594, ASTM E114, ASTM E164, ASTM E213, ASTM E273, ASTM E317, ASTM E428, ASTM E587, ASTM E797, ASTM E2154, ASTM E2375, ASTM E2700

American Welding Society

AWS D1.1, AWS D1.5

British Standards Institute


Deutsches Institut Fur Normung E.V.

DIN EN 10160, DIN EN 10228-3, DIN EN 10228-4, DIN EN 10246-6, DIN EN 10306, DIN EN 10307, DIN EN 10308, DIN EN 12680-1, DIN EN 12680-2, DIN EN 12680-3, DIN EN 14127, DIN EN 583-4, DIN EN ISO 10893-10, DIN EN ISO 10893-11, DIN EN ISO 10893-12, DIN EN ISO 10893-8, DIN EN ISO 10893-9, DIN EN ISO 17640, DIN EN ISO 22825, DIN ISO 4386-1

International Electrotechnical Commission

IEC 60601-2-37

Military Specification 

MIL-STD-2132, MIL-STD-271F, MIL-STD-883, MIL-I-8950

Naval Sea Systems Command 

NAVSEA T9074-AS-GIB-010/271

National Aerospace Standard

NAS 410, NAS 824

Various Customer Specifications

Including Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, GE, Hamilton Sundstrand, Honeywell, Northrop Grumman, Rolls Royce

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