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A Primer on Ultrasonic Testing

Ultrasonic Testing (UT) is a nondestructive examination (NDE) method that uses high-frequency sound waves to detect flaws, such as voids, inclusions, changes in density, and other small discontinuities. UT is also widely used as a tool for detecting and monitoring corrosion, measuring wall thickness, detecting and sizing cracks, blisters, discontinuities, and characterizing indications.

This Asset Intelligence Report contains the following sections:

  • Overview of Ultrasonic Testing
  • History and Development
  • Techniques and Methodology
  • Industry Applications
  • Relevant Codes & Standards
  • 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 ultrasonic 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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