Eddy current testing (also known as eddy current inspection) is a method used in non-destructive testing, employing electromagnetism to detect surface breaking and slightly sub-surface flaws in materials. The main areas where eddy current testing (ECT) is used include crack and corrosion detection, non-conductive coating thickness measurement, material identification and heat treatment condition.
Eddy current testing is carried out using a specially designed coil that is energised with an alternating current that creates a changing magnetic field surrounding the coil. The coil is placed within the proximity of a test surface where the changing magnetic field permeates the conductive material. This changing magnetic field in turn induces local electrical currents in the test surface that are known as eddy currents. These eddy currents create their own magnetic field that opposes and modifies the coil’s magnetic field, thus affecting the electrical properties of the test coil. The measurement of the changing phase and magnitude of the current flowing through the primary test coil or separate receiver-coil(s) provides the ability to determine the condition of the test sample.
Electrical conductivity and permeability variations, or the presence of discontinuities within the test-material cause a change in the eddy currents and thus a corresponding change to the phase and amplitude of the measured coil current. These changes can be displayed either individually by a needle meter or in combination on a 2D impedance plane display.
Eddy current testing is a non-destructive testing technique applicable to many industry sectors. TWI carries out non-destructive testing in a multitude of industry sectors including transport, aerospace, oil and gas, power generation and medical. ECT is therefore used in a variety of ways within these industry sectors. It can be undertaken during production, post-production, in-service and following repair.
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