The HydroFORM scanner is designed to offer the best inspection solution for detecting wall thickness reductions due to corrosion, abrasion and erosion. In addition, HydroFORM detects mid-wall damage such as hydrogen induced blistering or manufacturing induced laminations and easily differentiates these anomalies from loss of wall thickness.
Using phased array ultrasound technology,the HydroFORM offers high resolution and fast coverage. The HydroFORM has a 60 mm wide effective beam and can scan at a speed up to 100 mm/s. In the current market place, motorized scanners, combined with small conventional UT probes, need to reach ever-higher raster speeds to be productive.As a consequence of high speed raster scanning, mechanical failures and poor ultrasonic data quality can occur.
In addition,high raster scan speed creates a potentially unsafe environment for operators.Increased production rate combined with affordable equipment and compatibility with existing Omniscan MXU acquisition unit makes the HydroFORM a cost effective choice.Hydroform uses an ingenious local immersion concept allowing excellent surface conformance and optimized coupling conditions for easy synchronization on front-wall echo for OD and ID corrosion monitoring. No wedges are used with the HydroFORM.The phased array technology also brings the ability to detect and characterize various anomalies using ultrasonic compression wave and angle beam inspection techniques.