Standard Practice for Acoustic Pulse Reflectometry Examination of Tube Bundles
|Publication Date:||1 June 2018|
|ICS Code (Boilers and heat exchangers):||27.060.30|
This practice describes use of Acoustic Pulse Reflectometry (APR) technology for examination of the internal surface of typical tube bundles found in heat exchangers, boilers, tubular air heaters and reactors, during shutdown periods.
The purpose of APR examination is to detect, locate and identify flaws such as through-wall holes, ID wall loss due to pitting and/or erosion as well as full or partial tube blockages. APR may not be effective in detecting cracks with tight boundaries.
APR technology utilizes generation of sound waves through the air in the examined tube, then detecting reflections created by discontinuities and/or blockages. Analysis of the initial phase (positive or negative) and the shape of the reflected acoustic wave are used to identify the type of flaw causing the reflection.
When proper methods of signal and data analysis are developed, APR technology can be applied for sizing of flaw/blockage indications.
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