Corrosion under insulation (CUI) or fireproofing (CUF) is one of the most pervasive and difficult issues to prevent and/or detect. Whether it’s insulation or fireproofing covering piping, pipelines, tanks or pressure vessels, the damage caused as a result of unseen corrosion can pose a major threat to your operations. Factors like the external environment, third party damage, or service can directly impact the rate and extent of corrosion. While coatings on metal may be effective for a period, once the coating begins to deteriorate, any moisture held in or under the insulation will inevitably find the failed coating and begin to cause damage.
Russell NDE is familiar with environments that experience consistent, if not extreme, changes either from seasonal differences, or regular shifts in temperature or humidity due to industrial process needs. Swelling and contraction of insulation can vary, reducing the effectiveness of the protection provided by coverings.
When all of these factors are taken into consideration, it becomes clear that, without an effective predictive measure available, the best course of action to protect your equipment is a routine inspection of vulnerable components. CUI and CUF inspections can detect if corrosion is hidden and widespread. Once corrosion has been detected, you can repair your pipes, tanks and vessels before significant corrosion requires a larger capital outlay to repair or replace, incurring possible delays in production and loss of revenue.
Russell NDE’s bracelet probe is an effective, non-destructive inspection tool. Corrosion is rapidly detected in real time at speeds up to 1 meter/minute through insulation (up to 6.35cm/2.5” thick), fireproofing, and aluminium or stainless-steel jackets.
Contact Russell NDE today. We’ll be happy to work out an inspection plan that suits your needs.