Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) is a wide group of analysis techniques employing specific methods to evaluate the condition of plant and equipment without causing damage.

NDT is carried out at all stages of the asset life cycle from the construction of plant and equipment through to regular testing during planned downtime or at set intervals throughout its asset life.

Successful and consistent application of NDT depends heavily on personnel training, industry knowledge and experience. Without experience in using NDT techniques, it can be easy to misread false indicators resulting in approval of a piece of plant as safe when in fact it has discontinuities.

Ultrasonic Testing on a Shaft

Ultrasonic Testing on Shafts

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Why Conduct Non-Destructive Testing?

NDT techniques assist to ensure:

  • Plant and equipment safety
  • Site and personnel safety
  • Compliance with Australian Regulations and Standards
  • Prevention of loss of productivity with unplanned downtime
  • Cost effective savings in simple repairs instead of complicated repairs of equipment replacements
Common Types of Non-Destructive Testing
Ultrasonic Testing (UT)Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)Liquid Penetrant Testing (LT)
Ultrasonic Testing (UT)
UT uses high frequency sound energy to examine equipment and make measurements for flaw detection.

It is frequently used in the detection of material thickness, weld discontinuities or defects, cracking on shafts and lamination checks for corrosion mapping.

Ultrasonic Testing on Pipe-welds

Ultrasonic Testing on Pipe-welds

Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)
Considered to be one of the most sensitive means of detecting surface or near surface defects in ferrous materials.

MT is commonly used to inspect plate prior to welding, in process inspection of each weld pass or layer, in post weld evaluation and to inspect weld repairs. It is commonly used in mining industries for Heavy Equipment Inspections.

Magnetic Particle Testing on a Sulphuric Acid Tank

Magnetic Particle Testing on a Sulphuric Acid Tank

Liquid Penetrant Testing (LT)
Used for detecting surface breaking flaws in ferrous and nonferrous materials by bleed out of a coloured or fluorescent dye from the flaw.
Liquid Particle Testing

Liquid Penetrant Testing

AME’s Non-Destructive Testing Services

Our NDT services are suitable for any and every stage of a project, from initiation through to ongoing maintenance and support. AME has a diverse range of inspection services to supply customers with manufacturing and maintenance inspection and testing support.

Our NDT Services
  • Raw Material Inspection
  • Weld Inspection – Fabrication/Repair
  • Equipment Overhaul Inspection
  • Turbine Overhaul Inspection
  • Steering Ball Stud Inspection
  • Heavy Machinery Interpretations
  • Acoustic Compressed Airline Surveys
  • Thickness Surveys
  • Ball Mill Inspection
  • Tank Inspection
  • Casting Inspection
  • Forging Inspection
To book in one of the above services or to speak to one of our NDT Inspectors, please call our office on (08) 9466 7444 or fill in the contact form to the right with your query and one of our dedicated team members will contact you.

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