Neutron examination techniques applied to pipelines

09/26/2005
Information obtained through neutron examination techniques complements that obtained by other techniques (x-rays, TEM, SEM, and magnetic flux leakage) and can reveal significant properties of investigated materials for pipelines, optimizing performance and reliability of components during fabrication, installation, and maintenance.Adopting neutron techniques is becoming more useful as a method of nanostructural and atomic-scale characterization of materials and components of industrial interest. Especially with reference to such permanent structures as offshore pipelines, it is important that the reliability of welded joints be confirmed. Even the presence of a microcrack following weldi...
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