Applus RTD will exhibit its RTD Plant Master technology at several upcoming conferences in the coming months.
RTD Plant Master is a permanently installed, monitoring system, based on ultrasound, which provides continuous wall thickness measurements of critical and hard to access components within refineries, chemical plants, power plants and offshore facilities.
Employing high temperature piezo-ceramics, sensors are applied to ultra-thin foils resulting in flexible ultrasonic transducers which can be permanently dry-coupled directly to the surface of a component. These transducers are then used for single point pulse-echo measurements of the component’s wall thickness.
The sensors can continuously operate at temperatures up to 200°C / 390°F, allowing extremely high temperature components to be inspected.
In addition to the RTD Plant Master, Applus RTD will also be showcasing its RTD DTI Trekscan technology. This tool is a free-floating pipeline inspection tool designed to traverse back-to-back one-dimensional bends, with a speed of 1m/s (2.2 mph). It can run in pipelines previously considered to be “unpiggable”.
The bi-directional tool measures the return echoes of a transmitted ultrasound beam. The amount of time it takes to receive an echo provides highly accurate information on the remaining wall and enables detection and sizing of metal loss anomalies.