Pipeline Construction and Nondestructive Testing

Pipeline Construction and Nondestructive Testing

Nondestructive testing, or NDT, is an essential element of the oil and gas pipeline industry. In today’s post we will discuss how pipeline construction and nondestructive testing work hand in hand  to ensure the integrity of our clients’ pipeline construction projects.

Benefits of Nondestructive Pipeline Testing

Nondestructive testing is the preferred method of pipeline testing in the oil and gas sector. Because of the threat that oil and gas poses to the integrity of pipeline welds, it is essential that pipelines are inspected during and after the construction process. 

The hydrogen and carbon dioxide molecules found in oil and natural gas are highly corrosive. Pipelines are most vulnerable to this corrosion at the welds of the pipeline, where two pieces of pipe are welded together. NDT can detect the smallest vulnerabilities in these welds, allowing welds to be repaired before catastrophic damage is done to the pipeline. Using NDT as a preventative measure ultimately saves clients both time and money.

NDT is the most up-to-date method of pipeline testing available today, and is being constantly improved thanks to technological advances.

Types of Nondestructive Testing

Radiographic Testing (RT)

Radiographic testing is a form of testing that uses X-ray or gamma radiation to create images on film that can show defects hidden inside the material. RT is a great testing method for monitoring the integrity of welds and other structures. It can also be used to gauge wall thickness, which can help identify weak spots in pipelines.

Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)

Magnetic particle inspection is a nondestructive testing method used to detect surface flaws in ferromagnetic materials such as steel and iron. Any ferrous metal object that is magnetized becomes surrounded by an invisible magnetic field. If there is a crack or hole in the object, that magnetic field is disrupted. During magnetic particle testing, metal shavings are applied to the object, and they are attracted to these disruptions.

Ultrasonic Testing (UT)

Ultrasonic testing is a type of nondestructive testing involving high-frequency ultrasonic sound waves that are used to identify weaknesses in a component. UT is a highly accurate method of testing, as it can scan not just the surface, but also the inside of a structure.

Nondestructive Testing for All Your Needs

U.S. Inspection strives to provide our clients with all the services they require on a project, no matter the size. For USINDT’s latest major project, we provided all of the nondestructive testing services required for the job, including RT, MT, and UT. These services ensured all work performed on the job was done correctly and in a timely fashion. Providing accurate results quickly allows the project to progress with no costly delays. 

USINDT also provided certified welding inspectors to qualify all welding procedures, monitor welding activities, and verify the welding was performed in accordance with applicable standards and requirements provided by the owner/operator of the pipeline. Finally, we supplied NACE inspectors who were responsible for performing and documenting basic and nondestructive inspections of liquid coatings applied to the surface of the pipeline prior to permanent installation.

USINDT’s involvement throughout the construction and inspection process allows our clients the peace of mind that their projects will be carried out safely and effectively. Our customers can rest assured that they will not suffer the headache of lost time and money as a result of a faulty pipeline or weld.

Call U.S. Inspection for Pipeline Construction and Nondestructive Testing

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