Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing for internal corrosion mapping
RCS is the first pipeline integrity NDE specialist company to automate PAUT for internal corrosion mapping on in-service pipelines. During the early release of a proprietary Linear at 0-degree phased array ultrasonic device that uses an H2O interface standoff, RCS determined that this phased array technique and the complementary analysis software allowed huge data collection and imaging advantages over conventional corrosion mapping devices. To offer an even better advantage, RCS developed their own complimentary automated device to collect higher volumes of data.
Laser Profilometry and 3D Corrosion Modeling
RCS uses the latest non-contact technology and imaging software available in the industry to map and model corrosion. This rapid scanning system can examine corrosion of any form and provide river bottom profiles with safe pressure calculations 10x faster than any manual system. The Creaform System can also image this corrosion in real time with 3D models easily exported to an electronic file for rapid delivery to the customer.
SCC Crack Sizing
RCS continues to push the envelope of ultrasonic capability and technique development. We have recently developed several proprietary calibration standards, along with special techniques and manual probe holders, used for accurately sizing cracks to within a .004″ tolerance. This accuracy can be repeated time after time on different pipe diameters, wall thicknesses, and cracks off of ID and OD surfaces.
Seam Weld Inspection System (SWIS)
We have developed a proprietary ERW long seam inspection technique used for rapid ultrasonic inspection and ILI validation of linear flaws in the long seam welds of pipe. This device carries dual phased array transducers and automated for high volume inspections of in-service pipeline spools or newly fabricated line pipe.We remain at the forefront of the most advanced techniques and methodology.
Automated Ultrasonics for Weld Inspection
RCS utilizes several configurations of advanced NDE technology for the automatic inspection of welds. Primarily utilized for in-service weld inspection and ILI validation, RCS’ dual phased array weld inspection systems bring unique value to a pipeline asset integrity program. We employ circumferential 360-degree inspection of girth welds and full length automatic inspection of new or vintage longitudinal ERW seam welds. The defect image quality is unparalleled allowing the analyst to properly characterize critical defects. All inspections are fully encoded using recorded scans for post-collection data analysis and archival storage.
Remote Data Analysis
RCS chooses to focus our advanced technology with the capability of collecting and recording real-time data in an effort to provide higher quality of inspections and imaging through post-inspection analysis. Using remote data analysis allows our advanced inspection programs to flow seamlessly through a controlled environment. Collecting critical system data such as corrosion, cracks, and mechanical damage can come in several different forms and time-sensitive situations. Having remote data analysis experts analyze this data as it is collected allows us to provide a higher quality inspection and save the customer money by relieving inspection time constraints and ensuring the highest level of quality oversight.
Magnetic Particle Inspection
The RCS approach to MPI defect detection and sizing is more than just NDT technique. It’s scientific. We take a very comprehensive methodical approach beyond the norm to develop and improve equipment, technique, and material formulas for the most sensitive crack detection possible. Our magnetic particle inspection approach leverages years of experience in pipeline defect knowledge, detection, and characterization.
Research and Training Samples
RCS values research and training. There is no better way to simulate training than to be in-the-ditch or on-the-asset. However, RCS has a collection of hundreds of real world pipeline and asset defect samples we house to train and qualify our technicians. RCS and AUTC has collected nearly every type of pipeline and asset defect, full length pipeline spools, and three full size pressure vessels containing Hydrogen Induced Cracking or confirmed High Temperature Hydrogen Attack.
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Advanced Equipment We Use
- Crack sizing
- Corrosion mapping
- Defect detection and flaw dimensioning
- Defect characterization
- Remote data analysis
- Weld inspection
- Ultrasonic Testing (UT) in lieu of Radiography (RT)
HandySCAN Black Elite
- Volumetric external corrosion mapping with rapid profiling and safe pressure calculation
- External geometric ovality and dent profiling
- Mechanical damage characterization
- Remote analysis
FLIR Infrared Thermography
- Gas leak detection
- Liquid leak detection
- Predictive maintenance
- Temperature measurement
- Internal flow line and level determination
"It has always been a pleasure working with Sean and his team. They are knowledgeable and professional, and have a good understanding of advanced and robotic inspection equipment."
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"RCS employs some of the most dedicated staff driven by one of the sharpest Technical Directors focused on leveraging state-of-the-art NDE technologies for quantitative assessments of critical infrastructure. I look forward to the opportunity to work with RCS again."
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