Non Destructive Testing

Non Destructive Testing/ NDT Testing

Franklin Offshore Australia is National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) accredited to carryout inspections and non destructive testing (ndt testing) in-house or on-site.

NDT testing is a quality assurance tool used to test materials, components and assemblies for flaws in their structure without damaging their future usefulness. It is used throughout all stages of manufacturing as well as for routine and periodic assessment of materials to ensure safe operation.

Franklin offshore provides mechanical and ndt testing services and certified visual inspection with certification to ISO 17020, ISO 17025 and DNV 9001:2000.

We can carry out mechanical tests to 600kN and non destructive testing including magnetic particle inspection, liquid dye penetrant and visual inspection.

Visual Inspection

This is one of the most common and powerful means of non destructive testing. Visual inspection requires adequate illumination of the test surface and proper visual acuity. Effective visual inspection also requires specialised training including knowledge of product and process, anticipated service conditions, acceptance criteria and record keeping, among other factors.

All defects found by other ndt testing methods ultimately must be substantiated by visual inspection.

Dye Penetrant

This is a method which can be employed for the detection of open-to-surface discontinuities in any industrial product which is made from a non-porous material. This method is widely used for non-magnetic materials.

The advantages of this method of non destructive testing include:

  • Relatively low cost
  • Highly portable method
  • Highly sensitive to fine, tight discontinuities
  • Can be used on a variety of materials
  • All surface discontinuities are detected in one operation, regardless of orientation

Magnetic Particle Inspection

Magnetic particle inspection is used for materials which can be easily magnetised. This method is capable of detecting open-to-surface and just-below-the-surface flaws.

Advantages of magnetic particle inspection include:

  • The best method for the detection of fine, shallow surface cracks in ferromagnetic material
  • Fast and relatively simple
  • Generally inexpensive
  • Will work through thin coating
  • Few limitations regarding the size/shape of test specimens
  • A highly portable method

Rely on our Experience

Rely on our accredited and experienced personnel to carry out non destructive testing to Australian standards. We can also conduct rigging and lifting equipment certification and provide reference databases.

Contact us today to find out more about testing, training and NATA certification standards. Submit an online enquiry or call +61 (08) 9410 6000.