By: Ben Ruchte, Steve Gressler, and Clark McDonald
Properly inspecting plant piping and components for service damage is an integral part of proper asset management. High energy systems constructed in accordance with ASME codes require appropriate inspections that are based on established industry practices, such as implementation of complimentary and non-destructive examination (NDE) methods that are best suited for detecting the types of damage expected within the system. In any instance where NDE is used to target service damage, it is desirable to perform high quality inspections while at the same time optimizing inspection efficiency in light of the need to return the unit to service. This concept is universally applicable to high energy piping, tubing, headers, valves, turbines, and various other power and industrial systems and components.