On-Line Monitoring of Pipe Wall Thinning by a High Temperature Ultrasonic Waveguide System at the Flow Accelerated Corrosion Proof Facility release_bngyanpwj5hrtboedq4jimlxvm

by Se-beom Oh, Yong-moo Cheong, Dong-jin Kim, Kyung-mo Kim

Published in Sensors by MDPI AG.

2019   Volume 19, p1762

Abstract

Pipe wall thinning and leakage due to flow accelerated corrosion (FAC) are important safety concerns for nuclear power plants. A shear horizontal ultrasonic pitch/catch technique was developed for the accurate monitoring of the pipe wall-thickness. A solid couplant should be used to ensure high quality ultrasonic signals for a long operation time at an elevated temperature. We developed a high temperature ultrasonic thickness monitoring method using a pair of shear horizontal transducers and waveguide strips. A computer program for on-line monitoring of the pipe thickness at high temperature was also developed. Both a conventional buffer rod pulse-echo type and a developed shear horizontal ultrasonic waveguide type for a high temperature thickness monitoring system were successfully installed to test a section of the FAC proof test facility. The overall measurement error was estimated as ±15 μm during a cycle ranging from room temperature to 150 °C. The developed waveguide system was stable for about 3300 h and sensitive to changes in the internal flow velocity. This system can be used for high temperature thickness monitoring in all industries as well as nuclear power plants.
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