ASTM Nondestructive Testing Committee Approves Standard for Acoustic Emission Testing W. CONSHOHOCKEN, PA—ASTM International Committee E07 on nondestructive testing has developed a new standard for recertifying gas-filled pressure vessels used aboard aircraft for fire sup-pression.The new standard, ASTM E2863, Practice for Acoustic Emission Examination of Welded Steel Sphere Vessels Using Thermal Pressurization, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E07.04 on Acoustic Emission Method. According to James Mitchell, president, Structural Diagnostic Services Inc., and vice chairman of E07.04, the impetus for developing the standard was the search for a less costly and faster means to recertify Halon bottles that are sealed and have no opening.The U.S. Department of Transportation requires periodic recertification of the bottles. Mitchell says that the acoustic emission method requires the application of stress to induce sig-nals from f laws in the test object. “In the case of pressure vessels, the stress is generally from an external source, such as a pump,” says Mitchell.“The new standard uses an external heat source to increase the gas pressure inside the pressure vessel to achieve the added pressurization.ASTM E2863 is of particular interest for pres-sure vessels that are sealed and cannot be pressurized in any other way.” ASTM E2863 will allow the large number of Halon bottles found on aircraft and used for fire suppression to be recertified at a maintenance facility and immediately returned to the aircraft. E07.04 is continuing to work on numerous applications for acoustic emission from metallic and composite structures and welcomes participation, particularly from users of ASTM E2863. Sterling Partners Completes Majority Investment in Desert NDT ODESSA, TX—Desert Industrial X-Ray, an independent, privately held nondestructive testing (NDT) company, has received a majority investment from Sterling Partners, a Chicago-based pri-vate equity firm with approximately $5 billion in assets under management. Going forward, Desert Industrial will operate as Desert NDT, which will include all of the company’s operations, facilities, equipment, management and field personnel. Finan Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Desert, based in Odessa, TX, and serving customers primarily in the Southwest, has provided integ-rity management services to the oiland- gas industry for more than 20 years. Desert’s nondestructive testing solutions span the entire life cycle of oil and gas assets, from initial installation through ongoing integrity program management. SGS Performs NDT for Eurovision Song Contest Press Center GENEVA, SWITZERLAND— SGS is pleased to announce that in February 2012 it was awarded a contract to perform nondestructive testing (NDT) of the new press center being built for the Euro-vision Song Contest2012. The contract, which encompasses the testing of welding seams and concrete strength, as well as bolt torque inspection, has been scheduled for completion by the end of March 2012. The building will be completed in time for the Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in May at the new de-velopment in Baku, Azerbaijan. Over the course of the contract, SGS experts will provide quality control for welding seams and concrete strength and perform bolt connections inspection services in order to ensure the Top qual-ity and safety of the new press center’s steel structures. Work began on February 12th, the date that the contract was awarded by the State Committee on Properties Management. SGS’s team of experts provides nondestructive testing of welding seams, concrete strength check-ing, paint thickness inspection, visual inspection of engineering systems and bolt torque inspection in accordance with thorough and stringent criteria. The use of on-site inspection services for welding and bolt connections during the construction of the press center will help minimize the risk of defects. In addition, contracting a thirdparty in-spection company that utilizes state-of-the-art nondestructive testing techniques such as ultrasonic testing, magnetic particle inspection and visual inspection ensures client confidence and satisfaction. EADS, Creaform in Partner to Develop 3-D Optical Measurement Applications MONTREAL—EADS and Creaform have entered into a technological partnership agreement cov-ering 3-D optical measurement for aerospace and defense applications. The agreement was finalized in the presence of Charles Mony, president of Creaform; Stéphane Galibois, vice president Americas and aerospace at Creaform; Pierre Delestrade, president and CEO of EADS Canada; Olivier Le Gall, vice president for industrialization; and globalization at EADS; and Yann Barbaux, Head of EADS Innovation Works. It was announced at the National Research Council Canada’s Aerospace Manufacturing Tech-nology Centre, and with the support of the Quebec Aerospace Association. This 5-year agreement provides for the development of innovative applications in the field of optical 3-D measurement for non-destructive testing (NDT), Test monitoring and form and surface measurement, applied to aeronautics, space and defense. “EADS has successfully implemented Creaform’s 3D scanning and optical measurement tech-nologies since 2008. The developments planned will enable EADS to reduce its development time cycle, create synergies and reduce the time-to-market of its new products,” says Yann Barbaux, head of EADS Innovation Works.
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