Journal of Modern Physics

Volume 5, Issue 13 (July 2014)

ISSN Print: 2153-1196   ISSN Online: 2153-120X

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Flaw Detection Capability and Sensitivity in the Inspection of Nuclear Containment Liner and Shell Mock-Ups Utilizing a Magnetostrictive Sensor (MsS) Guided Wave UT Technique

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ABSTRACT

This paper describes the results of a project on the inspection of visually inaccessible areas of nuclear containment liners and shells via the advanced Magnetostrictive sensor (MsS) Guided Wave (GW) nondestructive inspection technique. Full scale mockups that simulated shell and liner regions of interest in the containment of both a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) and Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) were constructed. Inspections were performed on the mock-ups in three stages to discern the signal attenuation caused by flaws and caused by concrete in the structures. The effect of concrete being in close proximity to the liner and shell was determined, and the capability to detect and size flaws via this GW technique was evaluated.

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Hohmann, B. , Crosson, J. , Esselman, T. , Wall, J. , Quarry, M. and Breon, L. (2014) Flaw Detection Capability and Sensitivity in the Inspection of Nuclear Containment Liner and Shell Mock-Ups Utilizing a Magnetostrictive Sensor (MsS) Guided Wave UT Technique. Journal of Modern Physics, 5, 1173-1185. doi: 10.4236/jmp.2014.513119.

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