Improvements in ultrasonic inspection techniques for high-density polyethylene pipe joints
A major focus of this project is on simulation of ultrasound produced by ultrasonic transducers during NDE of the pipe welds because this facilitates better understanding of experimental data and strengthens the confidence in these findings. Coupled with this, current work involves the accurate determination of acoustic properties of HDPE over a range of frequencies, temperatures, and other parameters relevant to real-world ultrasonic NDE scenarios. These acoustic data will be used within the simulations to ensure modelling is accurate and reliable while also efficient. This will help provide a fundamental grounding in the ultrasonic NDE of HDPE that has already been necessarily sought and obtained for more traditional materials such as steels and composites.