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Eddy Current Testing: Essential for Reliable Power Generation


In North America alone, more than 7,000 outages per year are attributed to tube failures costing the industry hundreds of millions of dollars in lost production and repair. To help mitigate this problem, power plants have created protocols and procedures designed to locate and plug tubes on the verge of failure before they become an issue. Non-Destructive Testing is one tool helps to prevent forced outages by detecting various defects such as pitting, cracking, corrosion, erosion, grooving, steam impingement and tube-support fretting that cause tube failures.

This presentation will take an in-depth look at Eddy Current Testing and how it works. It will cover when to test, what can be detected and tube damage mechanisms, as well as testing requirements and the need for a test probe with multiple frequencies. It will also explore the use of different testing techniques and the introduction of new probes.

What the attendees will learn     
  • The impact of condenser tube failures on the power industry
  • The role of eddy current testing in minimizing forced outages due to condenser tube failures
  • Predictive Maintenance not Reactive
  • Operating experience
  • The contribution of Eddy Current Testing in achieving
    Total Condenser Performance™: the perfect balance
    of efficiency & reliability

Who should attend 
  • Plant Managers
  • Operations Managers and Engineers
  • Maintenance Managers and Engineers
  • Chemists
  • Outage Managers
  • Performance Engineers
Hear from this expert   

Charles Miller
NDE Business Development Manager, Eddy Current Level III
Charles Miller is an Eddy Current Level IIA for Eddy Current Inspections. His expertise includes Project Manager on various ET projects. He performs ET acquisition, analysis, data management, and prepares final inspection reports. He performs these services in both nuclear and non-nuclear power generation and industrial service condenser and heat exchangers. Various NDE office duties include producing ECT / RFT job quotes and providing Eddy Current technical support to the sales team. Mr. Miller has also provided consulting and NDE contractor oversite services to customers. His most recent projects include: Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station, Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Limerick Generating Station.
Charles has worked in the Non-Destructive Testing field since 2000, and has been with Conco Services Corporation since 2011.

Aaron Larson
Executive Editor
Aaron is an engineer who has worked at nuclear, biomass, and coal power plants, where he gained significant operations, maintenance, safety, financial, and management experience. He has also served in the Navy, earned a BS in nuclear engineering technology from Thomas Edison State College, holds an MBA in financial management from City University of Seattle, and is credentialed as a Chief “A” Boiler Engineer. Aaron writes news and feature stories on a variety of topics.
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