Applications of Industrial Radiography and X-ray testing

Industrial radiography and x-ray testing is one of the most common non-destructive testing methods within the industrial sector. From having the ability to inspect, quantify and qualify failures and defects to being able to access internal and external geometry, industrial radiography has become an indispensable tool for the industry. Applications vary depending on the type of material, size of part and inspection requirements, although industrial radiography and x-ray inspection are commonly used for testing welds, pipe, pipeline, concrete, machined parts, and metal components, solid and flat materials. This method of inspection is also regularly utilized by the following industries:

  • Aerospace – ex. Castings
  • Medical Devices – ex. Stints
  • Automotive – ex. Piston head
  • Military & Defense – ex. Ballistics
  • Manufacturing – ex. Pre-production qualification of part
  • Packaging – ex. Structural integrity/leak or failure analysis or package


Non-destructive x-ray testing inspection and industrial radiography

Industrial Radiography & x-ray testing has become invaluable for the testing, qualifications and verification of part components in the manufacturing cycle. Industrial radiography & industrial x-ray testing have revolutionized NDT methods of inspection by assisting in the following areas:

  • Ensures safety and reliability of part
  • Identify, locate and measure defects
  • Density variations can be analyzed for structural evaluation
  • Options of different approached for industrial radiography
  • Quick, cost effective and accurate
  • Ability to use part after testing and analysis
  • Qualify and approve part components


Alternatives to Industrial Radiography

Although industrial radiography and x-ray testing are the most common method of Non-destructive testing method, many other methods can be utilized to analyze a part:

  • Magnetic particle testing
  • Liquid penetrant testing
  • Ultrasonic testing
  • Electromagnetic testing
  • Visual testing
  • Acoustic emission testing
  • Guided wave testing
  • Laser testing methods
  • Leak testing
  • Magnetic flux leakage
  • Thermal/infrared testing
  • Vibration analysis