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A pilot study is currently being carried by European Network for Inspection Qualification (ENIQ) in order to explore the issues involved in inspection qualification applied along the general principles of the European methodology. The components selected for the pilot study are austenitic pipe to pipe and pipe to elbows welds typical of those in boiling water reactor (BWR) recirculation loops. A range of defect parameters has been defined. A suitable inspection procedure designed to find the designated defects is applied to geometrically representative test pieces. The procedure/equipment will be qualified through open trials and technical justification. The personnel qualification will be done using a blind procedure. Once all features of the inspection system will have been qualified, an in-service inspection will be simulated in order to test the feasibility of the qualification approach followed. The current status of this pilot study is discussed.

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Authors: LEMAITRE P, JRC Petten (NL);ERIKSEN B, JRC Petten (NL);WHITTLE J, AEA Technology, Risley (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Meeting on NDE Techniques Capability Demonstration and Inspection Qualification, Petten (NL), March 11-13, 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40954 ORA
Record Number: 199711396 / Last updated on: 1997-10-23
Original language: en
Available languages: en