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A Primer on Radiographic Testing

Radiographic testing is commonly used as a volumetric nondestructive examination (NDE) technique in the hydrocarbon and petrochemical industries to view or inspect equipment, such as pressure vessels, valves, and welded joints. This technique uses short wavelength radiation such as x- ray or gamma rays that pass through an object. As the rays pass through, radiation is differentially absorbed due to differences in thickness, density, or presence of internal flaws in the component. These differences are then viewed as contrasting features on an image.

This Asset Intelligence Report contains the following sections:

  • Overview of Radiography
  • History and Development
  • Techniques and Methodology
  • Industry Applications
  • Codes, Standards, Best Practices
  • Certification
  • Further Reading
  • References

As with other Asset Intelligence Reports, this document is not intended to serve as a comprehensive guide, but rather an introductory primer on radiographic testing. Since the information is provided in a condensed format, we recommend printing and laminating copies that can be referenced by you and your co-workers at your convenience.

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