Why You Need Russell NDE to Inspect for Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI)
Thursday, January 26, 2023

Why You Need Russell NDE to Inspect for Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI)

Corrosion under insulation is an incredibly challenging and costly issue for many industrial facility owners. Corrosion under insulation can impact nearly any system component exposed to moisture. However, Russell NDE Systems Inc. is here to help you spot signs of corrosion before they become devastating operational issues. Below we'll discuss corrosion under insulation and how Russell NDE's non-destructive testing equipment can help! Continue reading to find out more.  

Inspect Now and Find Early Warning Signs Sooner!

One of the most pervasive and challenging issues to prevent and detect is corrosion under insulation (CUI) or corrosion under fireproofing (CUF). Unseen corrosion can cause devastating damage to your pipes, towers, tanks, and pressure vessels. This damage can result in extensive repairs and downtime for your operations, ultimately affecting your bottom line. Several factors can impact the extent and rate of corrosion. Some of these factors include the external environment, third-party damage, and time in service. 

While coatings on your metal pipes can help prevent corrosion under insulation, that coating will deteriorate over time, exposing your lines to any moisture hiding under the pipe's insulation. In addition, the insulation covering your pipes, tanks, or pressure vessels can swell due to water ingress from rain and high humidity, reducing the effectiveness of the protection provided by coverings. 

At Russell NDE, our team is familiar with the various environments that experience consistent and extreme seasonal changes, shifting temperatures, and fluctuations in humidity due to nearby industrial processes. Our team can assist you with finding the right non-destructive tools to inspect for corrosion under your insulation. Next, we'll cover our Bracelet Probe and how it can help you spot corrosion before it becomes a more significant issue. 

Russell NDE's Patented Bracelet Probe

For over 40 years, Russell NDE Systems Inc. has been providing world-leading non-destructive testing services and products. Routinely inspecting for corrosion under insulation is one of the best ways to spot areas of concern before your pipes, tanks, towers and/or pressure vessels experience significant deterioration and cause operational downtime. Without an effective corrosion under insulation measurement tool, you have to rely on routine visual inspections of those vulnerable components. However, visual inspections are time-consuming and expensive as they require removal and reinstallation of the insulation.

Russell NDE's Bracelet Probe is the best option for you if you're looking for a non-destructive way to inspect for corrosion under insulation. Our Bracelet Probe can easily detect hidden local or widespread corrosion, so you can utilize a surgically focused approach to repairs rather than stripping the entire pipe of its insulation. The Bracelet probe out-performs Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC) in test after test. It is a patented and effective, non-destructive inspection tool that can rapidly detect corrosion in real-time at speeds up to 5 m/minute. In addition, the Bracelet Probe can inspect through fireproofing, aluminum or stainless-steel jackets, and insulation up to 125cm (5") thick. So don't let corrosion under insulation or fireproofing deteriorate your pipes, tanks, or pressure vessels; use the Bracelet Probe from Russell NDE to spot damage before it develops into a severe issue! Buy your own Bracelet Probe or contract Russell to perform the service for you.

Other Comprehensive Testing Solutions

Russell NDE is proud to manufacture and distribute a comprehensive range of non-destructive testing instruments in addition to our Bracelet Probes. Some of our other testing instruments include:

  • Remote Field Technology (RFT) Instruments
  • Eddy-Current Technology (ECT) Systems
  • Ultrasonic Thickness Gauges (UT)
  • Internal Pipeline Integrity Tool (I-PIT) Systems
  • And More!

Regardless of what your operations require for non-destructive testing tools, Russell NDE has the inventory and services to ensure you can proactively maintain your system! 

Looking for Corrosion Under Insulation Inspection Instruments?

Contact Russell NDE today to learn more about our Bracelet Probes and our comprehensive range of non-destructive testing equipment and services. 


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