Stainless Steel Vessel, Tank and Pressure Equipment Structural Integrity Evaluation


4th National Conference of H.S.N.T. and 2nd Balkan Conference of BSNDT Athens, November 2, 2002

Apostolos N. Tsimogiannis, Athanasios A. Anastasopoulos, Dimitrios A. Kouroussis


Inspection of Stainless Steel (SS) structures by localized NDT methods, posses several difficulties and limitations. The present work presents the use of Acoustic Emission as a global NDT method for the assessment of structural integrity of SS structures. Advantages and limitations are discussed and representative application examples are presented including pneumatic test inspection of a process column, hydraulic test of pressure equipments and pipes.