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Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation

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Non Destructive Evaluation Of Containment Walls In Nuclear Power Plants, V. Garnier, C. Payan, Martin Lott, Nari Ranaivamonana, Jp Balayssac, E. Larose, Yuxiang Zhang, J. Saliba, A. Boniface, Z. M. Sbartai, Bogdan Piwakowski, Charles Ciccarone, Hamid Hafid, Jean Marie Henault, Florian Ouvrier Buffet Jan 2016

Non Destructive Evaluation Of Containment Walls In Nuclear Power Plants, V. Garnier, C. Payan, Martin Lott, Nari Ranaivamonana, Jp Balayssac, E. Larose, Yuxiang Zhang, J. Saliba, A. Boniface, Z. M. Sbartai, Bogdan Piwakowski, Charles Ciccarone, Hamid Hafid, Jean Marie Henault, Florian Ouvrier Buffet

Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation

Two functions are regularly tested on the containment walls in order to anticipate a possible accident. The first is mechanical to resist at a possible internal over-pressure and the second is to prevent leakage. The reference accident LLOCA (Large Loss of Coolant Accident) is the rupture of a pipe in the primary circuit of a nuclear plant. In this case, the pressure and temperature can reach 5 bar and 180°C in 20 seconds.

The national project ‘Non-destructive testing of the containment structures of nuclear plants’ aims at studying the non-destructive techniques capable to evaluate the concrete properties and its ...


Through-Wall Phased Array Imaging Of Small Surface-Breaking Cracks, Chao Zhang, Peter Huthwaite, Michael J. S. Lowe Jan 2016

Through-Wall Phased Array Imaging Of Small Surface-Breaking Cracks, Chao Zhang, Peter Huthwaite, Michael J. S. Lowe

Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation

Accurate and reliable measurements of small surface-breaking cracks are becoming increasingly important in safety-critical components such as in nuclear power plants, because of the desire for increased operational lifetimes. With great coverage and low cost, the use of imaging to find and size surface-breaking cracks with data from ultrasonic phased arrays is becoming more attractive. For the phased array imaging, both the array configuration and the technique used to generate the images from the measurements are key factors in the image quality and sizing accuracy. Thus, the selection of a proper imaging technique is essential to ensure accurate results for ...


Crack Detection And Localization Inweld Structure Using The Topological Energy Method, Emma Lubeigt, Serge Mensah, Jean-François Chaix, Sandrine Rakotonarivo, Gilles Gobillot, François Baqué Jan 2016

Crack Detection And Localization Inweld Structure Using The Topological Energy Method, Emma Lubeigt, Serge Mensah, Jean-François Chaix, Sandrine Rakotonarivo, Gilles Gobillot, François Baqué

Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation

Due to both significant primary loads (weight, pressure) and thermal transients, important supporting structures (bedspring, deck…) subjected to thermo-mechanical fatigues require that periodical inspections are carried out in nuclear power plant.


The bedspring and the deck are complex welded structures of very restricted access; the ability to reliably detect and locate defects like cracks is therefore a difficult challenge. Ultrasonic testing is a well-recognized non-invasive technic which exhibits high characterization performances in homogeneous media (steel). However, its capabilities are hampered when operating in heterogeneous and anisotropic austenitic welds because of deviation and splitting of the ultrasonic beam.


In order to ...