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ACFM Presentation

Key People

Dr David Topp - MD
David Parramore Director of Operations
Dr Martin Lugg Technical Director
Paul Watkins Commercial Director
Dr Mike Smith R&D Director
Christian Blinkenberg BD Manager Sales
Steven Evans BD Manager Rental Services

TSC Inspection Systems

TSC Technical Software Consultants Limited.

Aberdeen

TSC Inspection Systems is the trade name.


Established in 1984.
Based in Milton Keynes, England (UK).
Owned by private equity company since 2012.
Develop Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) systems.
Systems & s/w manufactured at TSC premises.
ACFM systems used in many applications worldwide.

Milton Keynes

Supply of NDT Equipment

1. Rental of ACFM Systems and Equipment.


2. Sales of ACFM Systems and Equipment.
3. Support with ROV based Service Inspections.

Introduction to Techniques

TSC offer ACFM, ACPD and Stress Probe techniques.


ACFM Alternating Current Field Measurement
AMIGO & U31
ACPD

Alternating Current Potential Drop


MKIV

ACSM

Alternating Current Stress Measurement


StressProbe

ACFM Inspection

ACFM is an Electromagnetic inspection.

One pass and a high tolerance to lift off.

High tolerance to variations in pass speed.

No electrical contact required, so works through coatings.

Provides crack detection and sizing (length & depth).

Does not rely on operator calibrating instrument (less errors).

ACFM AMIGO System

TSC AMIGO ACFM Crack Microgauge


for in air site operations.
Portable at 4.5 kg.
Rugged.
Battery powered 8 hours autonomy.
Probes c/w 5m cables (extension cables up to 45m).
Underwater probes c/w 50m fitted u/w cables.

AMIGO Instrument and array probe

AMIGO probes

Standard Weld Probe

Mini Pencil Probeb

ACFM Topside arrays

Compliant Array
Wheel Inspection

ACFM Inspection

ACFM is an Electromagnetic inspection.


Detect surface breaking cracks.
One pass and a high tolerance to lift off.
High tolerance to variations in pass speed.
No electrical contact, so works through coatings.
Provides crack detection and sizing (length & depth).
Does not rely on operator calibration (less errors).

ACFM Electromagnetic Fields

Electric and Magnetic Fields


Coils carry a 5kHz or 50kHz AC current.

Theory - The Butterfly Plot


Bx curve is plotted against the Bz curve and produces the butterfly plot.
Butterfly plot is indicative of a fatigue crack.
Crack is sized by magnetic field strength, minimum field strength & physical
distance between the trough and the peak of the Bz curve.
3 measurements entered into ASSIST s/w to calculate length & depth of crack.
Background
magnetic
field strength

BX

The butterfly plot

Bx

Minimum
magnetic
field strength

Bz

BZ

Distance from trough to peak (mm)

ASSISTant - The Butterfly Plotb


ASSISTant software suite - Visual Display

The butterfly
plot does not
require uniform
speed of probe
movement.

ASSIST - The Butterfly Plot

ASSIST software suite - Visual Display Arrays


The butterfly plot
does not require
uniform speed of
probe movement.

ASSIST - The Butterfly Plot


ASSIST software suite - Visual Display Arrays

Area between welds

Comparison of Methods

ACFM versus Magnetic Particle & Penetrant Testing

ACFM

MPI

PT

Through Coatings & Grease

All Data Stored for Audit

High & Low Temperature

Defect Depth

Remote Deployment

ACFM versus ET

ACFM versus conventional Eddy Current Testing (ET)

Uniform Field
Simple scan pattern
Remote probe deployment
Insensitive to lift off and speed
All data stored for replay / audit
Crack depth without calibration
Crack depths size beyond 5-10mm

ACFM

Eddy
Current









ACFM Analysis & Reporting

Report includes information on:


Analysis of inspection.
Operator, date/time, # scans.
Where data files are stored.
Plots to visualise scans.
Probe type & serial no.
Operating frequency.
Report & data can be e-mailed.

ACFM through Metal Coatings

ACFM works through metal coatings for crack detection.


Used successfully with flame sprayed aluminium, zinc (galvanising) and
copper coatings.
Method is not always straightforward and coating thickness must be small.
Coating thickness variations can lead to spurious signals - these can be
minimised using arrays.

Benefits of the ACFM Technique

Works through paint


No calibration
Records of all data
Data viewable remotely
Easy to deploy by two men
Works in most temperatures
Visibility not important
Detection & sizing

no need to remove paint.


mitigate risk for user error.
irrespective of a defect.
QA control.
singly or remotely.
suits all applications.
probes enter difficult areas.
in one portable system.

Reduce Time and Cost with better results

Typical Applications

Offshore
Weld inspection above and below water.
Drill pipe thread inspection.
ROV Applications.
Petrochemical
Pipework, Structural supports.
Pressure vessels.
Pipelines.
Storage tanks.
Port environment
Loading cranes.
Deck and containers.

Typical Applications

Typical Applications

Other applications
Bridges.
Highways.
Theme Parks.
Power generation.
Nuclear Power plants.
Railways.
Storage Tanks.
Ship Hull & Propellers.

ACFM Inspection

Inspection

Inspection Area between welds

ACFM Approvals

ACFM accepted by Classification Societies:

Det Norske Veritas.


Bureau Veritas.
Lloyds Register.
OCB / Germanischer Lloyd.
American Bureau of Shipping.

Other Accreditations

Australia
ACFM included in the NATA accreditation scheme
Recognised as an approved weld inspection technique.
Brazil
Petrobras Certification incl. training - ABENDE scheme.
France
ACFM incl. as COFREND Recommended Practice.

Certified ACFM Training

Operator Certification is available under PCN, CSWIP and SNT-TC-1A


schemes.
ACFM Training is available through Lavender, TWI and TSC.
Training courses (1 week) are run at various locations throughout the world
and at clients sites if required.

Contacts

Agencies worldwide:
Australia
Canada
China
France
Germany
Indonesia
Japan
Korea

Malaysia
Mexico
Peru
Russia
Singapore
Spain
USA
Venezuela

Contacts

TSC INSPECTION SYSTEMS


6 Mill Square
Featherstone Rd
Wolverton Mill
Milton Keynes
MK12 5RB
England (UK)
Tel.
+44 (0) 1908 317 444
Fax.
+44 (0) 1908 220 959
Web: www. tscinspectionsystems.com

Thank You

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