Trampus, Peter; Academia NDT International; Hungary
Trampus, P.; Academia NDT International; Hungary
Krstelj, V.; Academia NDT International; Croatia
Time: 10:50 - 11:10
Significant attention should be given to the subject of integrity engineering which integrates the requirements concerning the ability of structures, components and materials for keeping their function in accordance with the designer’s intent, i.e. for ensuring their safe and reliable operation.
NDT Integrity Engineering is primarily focussing on non-destructive methods. Its knowledge basis encompasses all disciplines which contribute to establish any integrity related decision.
• Core knowledge includes the physical bases, the possibilities and limitations of the major NDT methods; the evolution of NDT; the current tendency to provide early detection of materials degradation; the structural health monitoring strategies and techniques; the impact of the development of information technology and microelectronics on NDT and technical diagnostics; globalization of NDT; and many other issues.
• The knowledge should cover also the awareness of the physical fields arising in the component during operation, including the basics of analytical and numerical methods of their calculations. From these operation and accident loading, stress / strain status, stress intensity factor and other operational conditions can be calculated (structural mechanics).
• The properties of structural materials; the „material’s response” to loading and environment, i.e. the materials ageing effects; the potential ageing processes such as embrittlement, loss of toughness, fatigue, corrosion, creep, wear and some more, and their effect on the component integrity.
The motivation of emphasizing NDT Integrity Engineering is that in the recent decades, enormous efforts have been provided to increase the capability of assets of high value and of high risk such as power and process plants, offshore platforms, bridges leading to their more intensive utilization. Besides this commercial goal, the social goal is equally important, i.e. to operate the engineering assets safely, and thus, saving human and environment. NDT Integrity Engineering supported by academic and educational system will evidently contribute to these goals.