By Mary Page Bailey
Testing and characterization techniques are rising to meet the demands of increasingly complex materials and applications
Ensuring the integrity of materials is essential in the chemical process industries (CPI) for the continued maintenance of long-lifetime process equipment like vessels and pipelines, usually via nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques such as ultrasonic, eddy-current, radiographic or guided-wave testing. Many companies also must employ materials testing and characterization techniques for quality assurance of the products they are selling. Both facets of materials analysis — whether inspecting equipment used in processes or the products of the processes themselves — demand that companies stay up-to-date with the most modern methods for materials testing and characterization.