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Detecting Wet H2S Damage with a Novel Robotic Technique

Gecko Robotics, January 27, 2022
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Wet H2S damage can cause sudden and catastrophic equipment failure, resulting in the loss of containment and/or personnel and impacting operational costs due to environmental remediation and reduced productivity. Hydrogen induced cracking (HIC), stress oriented HIC (SOHIC), and sulfide stress cracking (SSC) are regularly misclassified as minor cracks, laminations, and base metal inclusions or completely undetected by NDT techniques. But, a novel robotic inspection technique offers unparalleled productivity and resolution to identify damage at the earliest stages. Tri-Lateral Phased Array (TriLat) is an ultrasonic testing method for the on-stream inspection of fixed equipment in wet H2S service. Its unique probe design, featuring multidirectional focalization customization and two axis resolution, generates a granular data set that has resulted in the positive identification of damage in a number of field applications.

Inspectioneering has teamed up with Chase David, Director of Operations at Gecko Robotics to discuss the complexities of wet H2S damage, the current industry solutions for identifying it. Then, he will dive into the development of TriLat, how it works, and case studies of successful field applications.

About the Speaker

Chase David has been involved in the NDT industry for the past 10 years and currently serves as Director of Operations for Gecko in Houston, TX. Over his career, he has gained extensive knowledge and experience working with clients to improve their mechanical integrity programs with a focus on RBI implementation and special emphasis programs. Chase is an expert in robotic solutions and has helped companies all over the world find ways to improve their current operations using the latest robotics technology.

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