The use of a Magnetic Probe Coupler to aid the reliability of manual ultrasonic testing (MUT) on Carbon Steel components

Jonathan Francis, Steve Mabbutt, Abdeldjalil Bennecer

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The reliability of MUT is arguably sub-par. There has been very limited work on the reliability of MUT of corrosion as most of the research focused on MUT of weldments. The current body of literature showed a host of human factors that affected MUT, and a survey carried out on Non-destructive testing (NDT) personnel working in industry highlighted that two areas of concern were the task and the inspector. It is proposed that the use of a magnetic probe coupler (MPC) will aid the task and the inspector in carrying out a reliable MUT inspection. It will do this by ensuring that probe coupling is maintained to the Carbon Steel surface when working in a variety of positions while improving the tactility of scanning a component. It will greatly aid the monitoring of known areas of wall loss by ensuring that the probe is coupled consistently and accurately in the same position. The areas of wall loss can be easily marked when the technician is not manually trying to hold the probe to the test piece. The research will look to demonstrate the effectiveness of the MPC utilising it in corrosion inspections trials to validate the MPC.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring
Subtitle of host publicationEWSHM 2022 - Volume 3
EditorsPiervincenzo Rizzo, Alberto Milazzo
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-07322-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-07321-2
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2022
Eventthe European workshop on structural health monitoring 2022 - Palermo , Palermo , Italy
Duration: 4 Jul 20227 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameLectures Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


Conferencethe European workshop on structural health monitoring 2022


  • Reliability
  • manual ultrasonic testing
  • MUT
  • carbon steel
  • corrosion
  • non-destructive testing
  • NDT


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