When you need to ensure the integrity of your heat exchangers and condenser tube bundles, The Lab at Brookes Bell can help with our full-lifecycle electromagnetic testing, inspection and analysis tools. 

The Lab’s tube inspection services can be used in myriad applications, such as: 

  • Shell-and-tube heat exchangers
  • AC chillers
  • Steam generators
  • Boilers
  • Coolers/heaters
  • Condensers/evaporators

Due to the fact that ferrous tubes are common in the shell and tube heat exchangers of the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, problems such as corrosion, pitting, cracking and erosion in tube bundles (including aluminium-finned carbon steel air cooler tubes) are common.

The Lab’s range of solutions for detecting these issues include:

  • Remote field testing (RFT, Double-Driver Technology)
  • Near field array (NFA, Al finned CS)
  • Magnetic flux leakage (MFL)
  • Internal rotary inspection system (IRIS UT)

In the maritime, power generation and nuclear industries non-ferrous metals such as Inconel, cupronickel and stainless steel are used to make tube bundles. This is because they are resistant to corrosion and stress cracking.

Nevertheless, tube bundles made from these metals still require testing. At The Lab, we use eddy current arrays to inspect these tubes:

  • Eddy current array testing (ECA, DefHi).
  • ECT - eddy current testing
  • IRIS - internal rotary inspection system
  • RFT - remote-field testing
  • NFT - near-field testing
  • NFA - near-field array
  • MFL - magnetic flux leakage

Trend analysis and reporting software

Don’t just rely on periodic inspections and investigations.

The Lab at Brookes Bell’s non-destructive evaluation (NDE) process uses Magnifi, the most advanced data acquisition and analysis software in the heat transfer industry to evaluate electromagnetic inspection data.

We also use TubePro - our reporting software - which allows us to build accurate digital twins of heat exchanger tube bundles, meaning we can conduct rigorous trend analysis.

Ensure the integrity of your heat exchangers and condenser tube bundles today, with The Lab at Brookes Bell.

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