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Ana Benz: About the Author
Chief Engineer, IRISNDT


Ana Benz

Ana Benz, IRISNDT's Chief Engineer, has worked for IRISNDT for 24 years as a corrosion, failure, and inspection specialist. She regularly performs inspections and organizes plant inspection projects using mainstream and advanced inspection technologies for owner/operators in the chemical processing, refining/petrochemical, fertilizer, and metals & mining industries. Ana graduated as a Materials Engineer from the University Simon Bolivar in Venezuela and obtained her Master’s degree in Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia many years ago. She has several CGSB NDT certifications, a CWB Level 3, and an API 510 certification. Ana has been heavily involved in the NACE Edmonton Executive and has participated in various capacities for the Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Welding Institute.

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Published Articles

July/August 2021 Inspectioneering Journal

This article illustrates the value of digital radiography as an efficient tool to visualize corrosion and other small bore piping anomalies without disturbing insulation, as well as using PRT in conjunction with UTT to survey small diameter lines.

March/April 2020 Inspectioneering Journal

Field hardness tests can provide valuable information when evaluating piping and pressure vessel anomalies. This article summarizes laboratory examinations designed to gain a better understanding of UCI hardness test results taken in the field.

Authors: Ana Benz
July/August 2019 Inspectioneering Journal

Tanks are ubiquitous and essential in industrial societies. When they fail, the consequences can be dire if products/volumes they store are explosive and/or toxic.

Authors: Ana Benz
September/October 2018 Inspectioneering Journal

The challenge to find CUI is difficult and one single NDE technique cannot be used to identify it. This remains the case today as we combine NDE techniques to perform CUI assessments. The techniques and strategies commonly used today are summarized in this article.

March/April 2015 Inspectioneering Journal

This article provides a discussion of a recent inspection performed at a U.S. refinery. Industry HF lines are experiencing piping failures in increasing numbers due to the presence of residual elements entrained within their carbon steel components.

September/October 2014 Inspectioneering Journal

A small leak from top tubesheet-to-tube welds prompted further inspection of the 1¼Cr- ½Mo Ammonia Converter Boiler Feed Water (BFW) Exchanger during a planned shutdown. Further cracks were identified in the top channel to tubesheet butt weld that operated at 700 °F.

January/February 2013 Inspectioneering Journal

In this article you will find the failure investigations of six 0.094 inch thick carbon steel vessels. These vessels were in service in natural gas well facilities; some functioned as dryers and were subjected to cyclic loads. Metallographic tests, hardness tests, and fracture surface scanning electron microscopy (SEM) examination results are presented for each of the vessels.

Authors: Ana Benz

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