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June 2024

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ASNT Advocates for NDT.

Being an Effective Advocate 

for NDT

We know how important it is to spread the word about the NDT industry, and one of the pillars of ASNT’s Strategic Plan is to “advance the field of nondestructive testing by being an effective advocate.” In a two-part series of ASNT's podcast Chat NDT with ASNT, we explore some of the ways that ASNT and its members are advocating for the NDT industry. In part one, ASNT director Garra Liming discusses some recent trips ASNT has taken to Capitol Hill, along with other advocacy efforts ASNT is undertaking. In part two, we spoke with two ASNT volunteer leaders, Emilie Peloquin and Eddie Pompa, about some recent experiences they’ve had volunteering for outreach activities for the NDT industry. [listen: 35 min]

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Working Smart Versus Working Hard: Wireless UT Sensors for Asset Integrity Monitoring

Monitoring takes place after a manual/automated inspection has located an anomaly, and instrumentation (a sensor in this case) is installed to collect recurring readings at that precise location to gather a large sample size of data to be analyzed. These two strategies, when employed in concert, even only on the most critical (10%) circuits/tanks/units, are optimizing asset health, reducing unplanned downtime, and eliminating the need to put technicians in potentially unsafe situations to the tune of tens of millions of dollars per year. This article will provide real-life examples from refineries and chemical, paper, and power plants that are successfully using an inspect-to-monitor strategy to change the game of how they implement asset integrity in the 21st century. [read: 15 min]

Take the ISQ Long Seam exam.

ISQ UT Long Seam Weld Examination

To ensure the highest level of competency among ultrasonic technicians, ASNT Certification Services LLC has partnered with pipeline owner-operators to design and develop a hands-on practical examination. This third party qualification ensures a minimum level of competency for ultrasonic technicians, allowing them to prove or qualify their skills before testing long seam welds on pipelines. 

Test your Electromagnetic Testing knowledge.

Test Your Knowledge: Electromagnetic Testing

The following question is from the new edition of the ASNT Level III Study Guide: Basic, available for purchase at The Source.

 

Eddy currents are circulating electrical currents induced in conductive materials by: 

 

a. continuous direct current. 
b. gamma rays. 
c. an alternating magnetic field. 
d. a piezoelectric force.


(Answer at the bottom of the email.)

Sign up for the 17 July webinar on TFM and TFMi

ASNT Webinar 

on TFM and TFMi

Register for the 17 July webinar on the integration of Total Focusing Method (TFM) and its progressive counterpart, TFMi, with conventional Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) techniques. Discover how these innovative ultrasonic technologies can transform your approach to detecting and characterizing welding defects. Viewall of ASNT's upcoming webinars.

Around the Web for TNT

NDT Applications for Manufacturing of Amusement Park Rides

Nothing captures the human desire for thrill quite like an amusement park. From the pulse-pounding heights of roller coasters and Ferris wheels to the imaginative realms of Jurassic Park and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, attractions at these parks offer a controlled environment for uncontrolled fun. But how do we ensure that the thrills are both exhilarating and safe? The answer, to a large extent, is nondestructive testing (NDT). In this article, ASNT Director Ricky Morgan explores how NDT is used in the amusement park industry. [read: 4 min] 

ASNT Advocacy at Work

 

Machine Learning Finds Defects in Wind Turbine Blades

Wind turbines can be difficult to maintain, especially offshore. Getting out to sea to inspect the turbines is a dangerous and cost-intensive job, and engineers have been working to make the parts, specifically the turbine blades, more durable to reduce maintenance. Recently, a collaborative team of researchers from the University of Glasgow and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) found a novel way to test the blades for defects that may increase their longevity. [read: 5 min]

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Join the Conversation

ASNT Connect, the online hub for NDT professionals, provides a space to engage in insightful conversations, discuss groundbreaking research, share valuable resources, and make valuable connections with fellow NDT professionals. Join one of the five communities—Technical; NDT Education; Research in NDE; IDEA: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility; or the Open Community.

Attend the ASNT Research Symposium.

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Immerse yourself in the latest innovations and breakthroughs at the premier forum for nondestructive evaluation (NDE). This symposium is not just a platform for the exchange of advances, but also a spotlight on cutting-edge research and the brilliant minds of the students who represent the future of the NDE field. Don't miss out on this opportunity to be at the forefront of NDE technology and knowledge.

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your next job, visit the ASNT Career Center.

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ASNT members with career milestones can submit achievements to press@asnt.org for a feature in Materials Evaluation’s People Watch.

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