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Technical Brief

Corrosion Under Insulation


(CUI)
The Teletest Focus+ system is a Guided Wave NDT
Technique developed for screening pipe-work for
areas of metal loss damage.

It is a pulse-echo system aimed to inspect large 1 meter


volumes of material from a single test point. The initial
application was for the detection of corrosion under
insulation for petrochemical plant industry, but it has
evolved to be used widespread in other inspection
situations where pipes or tubes are not accessible.
Examples of this are lines that are buried, encased in
a sleeve or elevated above the ground. Figure 2 corrosion detected at 180
Plant Integrity Ltd was requested by one of its clients The area of interest was directly above water so an
in Argentina to employ the Teletest Focus+ system access platform had to be erected to allow follow up
on two cryogenic jetty lines at 8 and 3 diameters. to take place at this location. Upon removal of the
The inspection proved to be very successful with insulation the inspection team identified external
100% of both lines being inspected over a 2 week corrosion at the 180 position seen in figure 2. This
period. area of corrosion was approximately 1 meter in length
and 35% wall loss.

Anomaly

Weld

Figure 3 TL01~location of detected anomaly


Figure 1 Location of anomaly area highlighted in fig 3
The A-map scan (see figure 3) was also used in the
identification of this anomaly. The signal from the
Each jetty line was approximately 2km in length weld identified at approximately -13m from the tool
including several expansion loops and pipe bridges. position does not display an axi-symmetric response.
Several anomalies were identified during the This echo response from the weld signal should be
inspection and follow up was conducted whilst the displayed as an even distribution of colour
operators were still on-site. The first anomaly representing uniform circumferential signal amplitude.
identified was located during the opening shot of the The above gave the operator increased confidence
inspection; this was of upmost interest to the client as that the signal seen at -3m was in fact attributed to a
the location was in a difficult to access area seen in wall loss defect.
figure 1.An anomaly classified as medium priority was
identified approximately -3m from the tool position For information on how we can support your pipeline
(see figure 3). integrity management programme, please contact us by
email at info@plantintegrity.com or by telephone at our
Cambridge, UK headquarters on 0044 1223 893994.

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