Safe operation of pressure vessels relies on inspections to assess their condition, including that of the interior. Internal visual inspection (IVI) is widely accepted and understood by Operators and Regulators but often the vessel can only be accessed while off-line. This leads to additional work during planned shutdowns and additional hazards associated with vessel entry.
Non-intrusive inspection (NII) can be used to replace or defer internal visual inspection of pressure vessels.
Sonomatic’s approach to NII allows substantial reductions in shut down durations, thereby maximising production up-time. This is achieved without compromising integrity. There has been increased interest from Operators in utilising NII and many have already saved millions of pounds by implementing NII. It is important, however, to have a good understanding of the NII process in order to have a robust inspection, evaluation and justification process. This talk will cover some of the key points required for effective NII and will give case studies of projects that have already resulted in savings.
Dr. Susan Osbeck - Principal Consultant
Susan is a principal consultant within Sonomatic’s Engineering team providing integrity-related services to clients. She has degrees in Physics and a PhD in Engineering and is a Chartered Physicist. She has experience in NII projects, software development and performing statistical analysis to maximise the value of inspection data. She has many years of experience of data analysis within a variety of fields including radiation protection, chemistry, surface engineering and mechanical engineering.