TOFD method of ultrasonic testing is a sensitive and accurate method for the non-destructive testing of welds for defects. The use of TOFD enabled crack sizes to be measured more accurately, so that expensive components could be kept in operation as long as possible with minimal risk of failure.
Measuring the amplitude of reflected signal is a relatively unreliable method of sizing defects because the amplitude strongly depends on the orientation of the crack.Instead of amplitude, TOFD uses the time of flight of an ultrasonic pulse to determine the position of a reflector.
In a TOFD system, a pair of ultrasonic probes sits on opposite sides of a weld. One of the probes, the transmitter, emits an ultrasonic pulse that is picked up by the probe on the other side, the receiver. The signals picked up by the receiver probe are from two waves: one that travels along the surface and one that reflects off the far wall. When a crack is present, there is a diffraction of the ultrasonic beam from the tip(s) of the crack. Using the measured time of flight of the pulse, the depth of a crack tip can be calculated automatically by simple trigonometry. Due to its sensitivity and sizing accuracy, TOFD is also an excellent tool for in-service material and flaw monitoring.
We have experience in planning, managing and carrying out TOFD on pre-service and in-service projects. We advise and develop TOFD procedures and have specialist scanning equipment for carrying out inspections.
We also provide phased array & TOFD inspection simultaneously which increases the probability of defect detection and measurement of length and height of the defect to a high precision. This helps in detecting and discriminating the fatigue cracks which leads to catastrophic failures.