NDT.net - March 2003, Vol. 8 No.3

The Performance of Automated Ultrasonic Testing (AUT) of Mechanised Pipeline Girth Welds

Lewis Morgan,
Advantica Technologies,
United Kingdom.
lewis.morgan@advanticatech.com
Paper presented at the 8th ECNDT, Barcelona, June 2002

ABSTRACT

Introduction

AUT developments

The plan of work

COMPANIES INVOLVED

  PREPARATIONS

WELD DEFECTS

TRIALS

RESULTS

Field experience

Conclusions

References

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