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Systems for Automatic Ultrasonic Examination of Non-Ferrous Plates and Ingots

ALUTEST-PL series systems are intended for fully automatic ultrasonic and eddy current examination of plates and slabs made of non-ferrous metals such as: aluminum, titanium, copper, etc.

The generall configuration of ALUTEST-PL systems is similar in concept to the configuration of NORDISCAN-PL scanners. However, unlike the NORDISCAN-PL, the ultrasonic and eddy current  probes of ALUTEST-PL are designed to meet the most stringent standards of the aerospace industry such as: 

EN2004-2, AMS 2630, prEN4050, ASTM D857, EN2004-2, BAC 5439-3 (Boeing), ASTM B594, ASTM E2375 – 08 (2013), IGC 04.25.116, ABP 6-5232 (Airbus).

The key elements of ALUTEST-PL scanners are the use of blocks of multichannel piezoelectric transducers, phased arrays, allowing you to confidently detect the smallest defects, down to FBH 0.8 mm in slabs of up to 800 mm thickness. The highest positioning accuracy of the acoustic units is ensured using of well-known industrial manipulators.

At our Customers’ requests, the base set of ALUTEST-PL equipment can be expanded with various subsystems to provide automatic measurement of conductivity, high-precision measurement of geometric dimensions, as well as drying and marking, post-inspection.

Set of automatic testing equipment ALUTEST-PL is intended for fully automatic, very fast, extremely smart, and precise ultrasonic and eddy current examination of plates (cast and rolled) according to the strictest internationally accepted norms.

ALUTEST-PL is based on application of the Array and Phase Array technologies allowing a reliable detection of as small as 0,8 mm defects through the whole plate thickness with quite little untested zones. The plates to be tested can be made of different metals such as aluminium, titanium, steel etc.

The ALUTEST-PL series achieves multiple
inspection tasks:

  • Detection of internal imperfections in rolled plates, ingots, and slabs such as: laminations, non-metallic inclusions, porosity, shell, sponge, etc.;

  • Detection of surface and sub-surface defects;

  • Precise wall thickness measurement;

  • Plate Geometry Monitoring.

Typical Specification of bars to be Tested:

  • Width: 1000 mm – 6000 mm;
  • Length: from 1000 mm;
  • Thickness Range: 3 mm – 800 mm;
  • Material: carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, cooper and alloys.

Main Ultrasonic Testing Parameters

  • Test Sensitivity:
    • For internal imperfections: equal to FBH0.8*;
    • For surface imperfections: equal to notches 0.2 mm x 10 mm (D x W);
  • Wall thickness measurement accuracy: +/- 0.05 mm;
  • Capacity of Testing: 200 s
    (calculated for plate 4 m x 12 m).

*Depending of material to be tested and its surface condition

Type  of Applied Multichannel Ultrasonic or Eddy Current probes:

  • UT phase array probes;

  • UT probes with the array of piezo-crystals;

  • Eddy Current probes.

Ultrasonic Testing Standards: 

Density of Ultrasonic examination, test procedures, acceptance criteria, data processing and representation adhere to multiple international and local standards such as: AMS-STD-2154, NADCAP, BSS7055 (Boeing), EN2004-2, AMS 2630, prEN4050, ASTM D857, EN2004-2, BAC 5439-3 (Boeing), ASTM B594, ASTM E2375 – 08 (2013), IGC 04.25.116, ABP 6-5232 (Airbus)

Testing and acceptance criteria can be customized based on client specific needs and new standards.



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