Positive Material Identification for Power Generation
Ensure the integrity of your pipelines and critical metal assets
Safety is a major concern in the petroleum and petrochemical refining industry. Fatal accidents and injuries, as well as leaks, premature pipe replacements, loss of property, and unplanned outages at refineries and oil rigs often can be traced back to faulty or counterfeit metal building components, sulfidic corrosion of piping and equipment, or because piping is made from material that does not meet specifications, specifically improperly prepared or alloyed weld material.
Flow-accelerated corrosion, or FAC, is a well-known source of problems in nuclear and fossil-fuel power plants. FAC occurs when carbon steel piping and components are degraded in the presence of flowing water or steam water with low-dissolved oxygen, which in turn can lead to leaks and potential catastrophic ruptures that adversely impact both personnel safety and plant reliability.
With industrial safety regulations becoming increasingly stringent (e.g. American Petroleum Institute standards), the process of inspecting and analyzing individual component materials is now a primary concern, and positive material identification (PMI) of alloys used throughout the plant is a necessity. (To learn about how our analyzers perform material verification for PMI in metal fabrication environments, click here.)
Elemental analysis of piping and equipment with Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers offers an ideal solution for ensuring quality assurance of selected weld materials or monitoring the trace alloy content of carbon steel piping where FAC is a concern.
- Inspect and analyze individual component materials at receiving inspection, in-process welding/fabrication and final inspection check points
- Rapidly verify alloys in seconds
- Recover lost material traceability
- Isolate finished welds to validate filler material composition and dilution rates
- Confirm the integrity of process piping, valves, and reaction vessels.
See why Niton analyzers are indispensible tools for performing PMI of of piping and equipment.
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