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UT Inspection for Cracking in Heat Exchanger Tube-to-Tubesheet Welds and Tube Corrosion

By Reggie Cross at ND Tech. This article appears in the September/October 1999 issue of Inspectioneering Journal

This paper describes use of a UT fixture for detection of stress corrosion cracking in ferrous heat exchanger tube-to-tubesheet welds and external tube corrosion or pitting near the tubesheets including crevice OD corrosion of the tube in the tubesheets.

A study of means for locating the source of exchanger shell to tube-side leaks in the water treatment section in a fertilizer plant (1) was undertaken. An effective UT inspection technique was developed, as a result.

Fig.1 pictures the fixture being tested in a mockup of a portion of the exchanger tubesheet
Fig.1 pictures the fixture being tested in a mockup of a portion of the exchanger tubesheet

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