Welding is an integral part of many construction and fabrication processes in many industries. However, Weld errors can cause severe damage to materials and components, resulting in loss of strength and durability or even failures.
Verifying the properties and testing the lifecycle of these welds is of paramount importance, especially when considering defective welds are often the ‘weakest link’ in terms of a system’s viability. Element’s weld testing & inspection services help to ensure your welding process is correct and meets the quality and safety standards, offering you peace of mind alongside long-term cost savings.
Weld testing methods
Element combines non-destructive testing (NDT), destructive testing, procedure qualifications, and safety reviews to ensure that your welds and welding processes are safe, efficient, and reliable. Our testing methods include:
- Visual inspection
- Magnetic particle inspection
- Liquid penetrant inspection
- Eddy current inspection
- Radiographic inspection
- Failure analysis
- Ultrasonic inspection
- Metallurgical testing
- Acoustic emissions
- Fracture toughness testing
Weld testing for the oil & gas industry
The production of oil and gas faces challenging conditions such as increased temperatures, higher pressures, and corrosive atmospheres in subsea and ultra-deepwater environments. To support our clients, Element has developed specialized weld testing services for the oil & gas industry.
Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI) & Engineers (CWEng)
Our highly experienced and certified weld technology experts and PCN and CSWIP-qualified weld inspectors provide critical welding-related services, including weld qualification testing, development of weld procedures for specification and code compliance, weld failure analysis, weld quality analysis, and welding process auditing and improvement services.
The Element advantage
With globally located, fully ISO 17025 accredited laboratories, we can simulate real-time weld testing conditions for welds and components and their behavior in the field.
We leverage our global platform of laboratories to help review your current processes, protocols, and safety systems to provide feedback on what is working well and how to make improvements for a more efficient and accurate program.
Whether your requirement is in weld procedure or welder certification, weld testing, inspection or forensic failure analysis, our welding services can support you at every stage of the asset life cycle. For more information about our weld testing methods, contact an expert today.
Element evaluates welds using various industry standards, including:
American Petroleum Institute
API 1104, API 5L, API 6A
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASME Section II (Part A & B), ASME Section V, ASME Section VIII, ASME Section IX
American Welding Society
AWS B2.1, AWS D1.1, AWS D1.2, AWS D1.3, AWS D1.4, AWS D1.5, AWS D1.6, AWS D9.1, AWS D10.9, AWS D14.1, AWS D14.3, AWS D14.4, AWS D14.6, AWS D15.1, AWS D17.1
International Organization for Standardization
ISO 4136, ISO 5173, ISO 5178, ISO 5817, ISO 9015, ISO 9016, ISO 9017, ISO 9606, ISO 15614, ISO 15620, ISO 15653, ISO 17637, ISO 17639, ISO 17660
Military and Defense Standards
MIL-STD- 248D, MIL-STD-1595A
NAVSEA T9074, NAVSEA S9074
Boeing BAC 5962D PSD 6-27, Boeing DPS 10.305
GE Aviation P8TF3, GE Electron Beam Welding GSSE-011C, GE M50T1A, GE S-SPEC-1075, GE P3C-AG68, GE P8G-AG14
Pratt & Whitney Canada CPW 24, Pratt & Whitney MCLM E-28, Pratt & Whitney MCLM J-37, Pratt & Whitney VIS-109G
Rolls-Royce EPS 14530, Rolls Royce EIS 1200AC
Safran Snecma DMF 90000-01, Snecma DMP 43-001
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