Airborne and Structure Borne Ultrasound
Ultrasound, uses high frequency sound energy to conduct assessments and make measurements.
Ultrasound sounds are too high in frequency for humans to hear. Specialized equipment detects this sound which an analyst can then use to locate the source of a possible fault and use that same data to assess its type and severity.
This technique can help identify both mechanical and electrical failures. It will also work in noisy environments as the frequencies being detected are much higher than what people can hear.
Common Applications for Ultrasound
Ultrasound can be used to perform condition analysis and record sounds. Some of the most common plant applications are:
- bearing inspection
- pump cavitation
- detection of corona in switch gear
- leak detection in pressure and vacuum systems (i.e., boilers, heat exchangers, condensers, chillers, distillation columns, vacuum furnaces, specialty gas systems)
- steam trap inspection
- valve blow-by
- compressor valve analysis
- integrity of seals and gaskets in tanks
- pipe systems
- large walk-in boxes
All operating equipment, and most leakage problems, produce a broad range of sound.
We would recommend this methodology in instances where customers:
- cannot pinpoint exact locations of leaks or failures,
- are unsure if there are any leaks,
- are looking to reduce energy waste as leaks are very costly.
To connect directly with our reliability engineering team, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-218-7450.
Each month Acuren Condition Based Monitoring Specialists collect machinery vibration and structure borne ultrasonic data as part of the regular condition monitoring program at Irving Wallboard.
Richardson Oilseed is one of Canada’s oldest and largest fully-integrated crushing, refining, processing and packaging operations. In the absence of timely manufacturer support for a critical equipment issue, the full time onsite Acuren Condition Monitoring Specialist was able to diagnose and provide a detailed correction path on a defective trunion bearing.