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Reference Number EP/G042284/1
Title High temperature ultrasonic measurements of plant and components for defect detection and monitoring
Status Completed
Energy Categories Nuclear Fission and Fusion(Nuclear Fission, Nuclear supporting technologies) 25%;
Not Energy Related 25%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr SM Dixon
No email address given
University of Warwick
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2009
End Date 31 March 2012
Duration 33 months
Total Grant Value £252,122
Industrial Sectors Manufacturing
Region West Midlands
Programme Manufacturing: Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr SM Dixon , Physics, University of Warwick (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Dr RS Edwards , Physics, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Dr D Holland , Physics, University of Warwick (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Sheffield Forgemasters Engineering Ltd (SFEL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tenaris S.A. (Luxembourg) (0.000%)
Project Contact , BP Refining Technology (0.000%)
Project Contact , RWE Generation (0.000%)
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Objectives Linked to grant EP/G042292/1
Abstract There are many instances where components and plant operate at elevated temperatures such as turbines, high temperature processing pipework, power generation boilers and reactors. Currently, most non-destructive testing (NDT) is carried out at lower or ambient temperature, necessitating at least partial shut-down of the process. Planned outage of plant is costly but the cost of unplanned outage due to catastrophic failure can run to millions of pounds, and can have extremely serious consequences for the safety of personnel and the public. In addition, some plant contains areas that are extremely difficult to access even during an outage meaning that the only viable approach is to use permanently installed monitoring.We propose devices and concepts to enable high temperature monitoring and inspection where it is currently impossible. This is stimulated not only by the industrial imperative, but also by major advances in knowledge and understanding of high temperature piezoelectric materials, in thick film and thin film form, operating at temperatures up to 800C. The attraction in developing high temperature sensors from these materials is that they can be robust, inexpensive andpermanently installed on plant. In a novel "hybrid system" concept, not previously applied to high temperature inspection, we will combine these with improved non-contact ultrasonic generation techniques
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