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High Energy Digital Radiography

Objective

The project objective is to develop digital computed radiography technology for the volumetric examination of large scale safety critical pressure components (e.g. pump bowls, valve bodies, thick section vessel and pipe welds) for the detection of in-service defects, the presence of which could lead in catastrophic component failure. Energy sector businesses (e.g. oil & gas, petrochemical and power generation - civil nuclear and fossil fuel) use processes that operate at high pressure and often high temperature. The engineering components used in such processes include for example, pipes, valves, turbine casings, pump bowls, catalytic crackers/reformers etc, all of which can be made of large section thick materials to withstand the severe pressure/temperature conditions under which they operate. All of these components can be prone to in-service failure resulting from material degradation mechanisms such as metal fatigue, creep and corrosion. Failure of such components could easily be catastrophic in terms of local and district fatalities/injuries and environmental /economic impact. There are approximately 700 refineries, 5000+ chemical plants, 450 nuclear power stations and in excess of 3000 fossil fuelled power stations around the world. The trend is for the number of these plants to increase as the worlds developing countries will consumes ever increasing amounts of energy. Capital assets such as power stations, refineries and petrochemical plants usually generate revenues of typically €1 million/day. However, despite their strategic and critical applications and the dire ‘consequences of component failure’ (local and district safety hazard, environmental and economic), there are generally no economic, reliable Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques to volumetrically in-service examine critical thick section pressure retaining components that are vital to the plants continued safe operation.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 85 000
Administrative Contact
Kerry Peddar (Ms.)

Participants (7)

COMPUTERISED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 408 448
Address
Centurion Court 4 5 Brick Close Kiln Farm
MK11 3JB Milton Keynes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Subash Sood (Mr.)
NEXUS ENGINEERING OOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 269 255
Address
Ul. Riben Bukwar, Bldg. 12, Wh.9,
1330 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Damyan Ganchev (Mr.)
BIS Blohm + Voss Inspection Service GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 19 250
Address
Am Veringhof 11
21107 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Uwe Cohrs (Mr.)
AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 283 147
Address
L Kiphisias 116 Kai Davaki 1
11526 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Zenia Bania (Ms.)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 13 000
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Muller Eva-Maria (Ms.)
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOFIA
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 12 500
Address
Kliment Ohridsky Bd 8
1000 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bogomil Yochev (Prof.)
EON Kemkraft GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 16 000
Address
Dedesdorfer Strasse 2
26935 Stadland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rainer Voskamp (Mr.)