NDT.net - August 2002, Vol. 7 No.08

X-Probe ® ECT array: A high-Speed Replacement for Rotating Probes

Guy Lafontaine, Florian Hardy, Joe Renaud
Corresponding Author Contact:
Email: guy.lafontaine@rd-tech.com, Web: www.rd-tech.com

3nd International Conference on NDE in Relation to Structural Integrity for Nuclear and Pressurized Components, Nov 14-16, 2001, Seville Spain


X-Probe ® Summary

What You See Is What You Get!

X-Probe ® : How Does It Work? (1/2)

X-Probe ® : How Does It Work? (2/2)

Axial flaw detection (36 channels for 7/8” design)

Circumferential flaw detection (36 channels for 7/8” design)

Calibration

Analysis

Fig 6: ID Axial SCC at Tube Support Plate Fig 7: Circumferential PWSCC within TSP Fig 8: Shallow OD Circ. SCC vs. Tube Deformation Fig 9: Circ. Cracks with Multiple Axial SCC at TTS

Fig 10: Axial PWSCC at Dented Intersection Fig 11: Volumetric Flaws: Pitting Fig 12: Volumetric Flaws: Wear Scars at Supports

Volumetric Flaws: Wear Scars at Supports

Automated data screening

X-Probe Construction

Fig 24a: Fig 24b:

Fig 24c:

X-Probe Model for Low-Row U-Bends

X-Probe Model for Low-Row U-Bends

MultiView Software

TC7700 Data Acquisition System

Fig 29:

TC7700 Conditional Data Recording

Summary of 1999-2000 field experience

Summary of 2001-2002 field experience

Doכl inspection statistics (May 2000)

Framatome ANP’s evaluation

EPRI Qualification Status

Next Steps

Acknowledgements

Summary and Conclusion

References

  1. New Generation ECT Array Probe and System as High Speed Alternative to Rotating Probes; G. Lafontaine (R/D Tech); 18th Annual EPRI Steam Generator Workshop
  2. Transmit-Receive Probes: “The Next Generation”; L. Obrutsky, V. Cecco, R.Lakhan, and S. Sullivan (AECL); 18th Annual EPRI Steam Generator Workshop
  3. The result of Comparative Tests for a New High-Performance Multi-Array Probe; Y. Harada, K. Maeda, J. Shimone, Y. Kishi (NEL); 18th Annual EPRI Steam Generator Workshop
  4. Array Probe for Steam Generator Tubes; G. Henry (EPRI); 2nd Int’l Conference on NDE in Relation to Structural Integrity for Nuclear and Pressurized Components
  5. New High-Performance ECT Array Probe for Steam Generator Tubes; K. Maeda,Y. Harada, et al. (NEL); 2nd Int’l Conference on NDE in Relation to Structural Integrity for Nuclear and Pressurized Components
  6. X-Probe examinations; Doug Hansen (Arizona Public Services, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station); TAG meeting SLC - 2001
  7. Palo Verde Experience with X-Probe; Douglas Hansen (Arizona Public Service); 19th EPRI Steam Generator NDE Workshop, Monterey, California, July 9-12, 2000
  8. X-Probe ECT array: A high-Speed Replacement for Rotating Probes; Guy Lafontaine, Florian Hardy, Joe Renaud, Paul Malette (R/D Tech); 19th EPRI Steam Generator NDE Workshop, Monterey, California, July 9-12, 2000
  9. Field Experience and Detectability Test of High Performance ECT Array X-Probe in Japan; Yutaka HARADA, Kotaro MAEDA, Junri SHIMONE, Yasutada KISHI (NEL); 19th EPRI Steam Generator NDE Workshop, Monterey, California, July 9-12, 2000
  10. The Dream is Alive: Field Experience with the X-Probe at the Doכl 2 NPP; Raymond De Graeve, Olivier Scauflaire (Laborelec); 19th EPRI Steam Generator NDE Workshop, Monterey, California, July 9-12, 2000
  11. SPNR (Spinner) Probe- Long-life, high-performance rotating probe; Joe Renaud, Paul Malette, Guy Lafontaine, Curtis Fogal (R/D Tech); 19th EPRI Steam Generator NDE Workshop, Monterey, California, July 9-12, 2000
  12. X-Probe : Eddy Current Array Probe as a High-Speed Alternative to Rotating Probes; Rich Guill, Gary Henry (EPRI); EPRI Centerlines Newsletter, Volume 10, No. II
  13. X-Probe ECT array: A high-Speed Replacement for Rotating Probes, an update; Guy Lafontaine, Florian Hardy, Joe Renaud, Paul Malette (R/D Tech); 20 th EPRI Steam Generator NDE Workshop, Orlando, Florida, July 2001
  14. X-Probe ECT array: A high-Speed Replacement for Rotating Probes, an update; Guy Lafontaine, Florian Hardy, Joe Renaud, Paul Malette (R/D Tech); 20 th EPRI Steam Generator NDE Workshop, Orlando, Florida, July 2001
  15. X-Probe Experience and Capabilities; Barry Everett – Framatome ANP; 20 th EPRI Steam Generator NDE Workshop, Orlando, Florida, July 2001
  16. X-probe, The year in review: Qualification and field trial experiences from the fall 2000 / spring 2001 inspection seasons; Joe Renaud (R/D Tech); 20th EPRI Steam Generator NDE Workshop, Orlando, Florida, July 2001
  17. X-Probe Experience and Capabilities; Barry Everett (Framatome ANP); 2001 EPRI Steam Generator NDE Workshop

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