Real time x-ray overview
Real time x-ray is referred to as the inspection of a test subject using x-ray technology, while the subject is in motion. Since this concept is relatively new in the industry, users often outsource such real time x-ray projects to specialized NDT labs.
What is real time x-ray?
Real time x-ray is referred to as the concept of conducting x-ray testing on a test subject while it is in motion, in use or functioning. Real time x-ray has the ability to access internal and external data of structural composition of a test subject.
This testing process is commonly performed at offline inspection labs. Real time x-ray provides users with invaluable insight on part functionality, internal failures and part reliability.
How does real time x-ray work?
In order to perform real time x-ray inspection, there are three key factors required:
- X-ray source
- Detector Panel (digitized detector/computerized detector)
The x-ray source penetrates through a part while the remaining radiation is captured by the detector panel. The detector panel captures several hundred to several thousand 2D X-ray images, while the part is functioning, in motion or in use (for a part that does not require any external support for in-use capability). The resulting images are converted into a video format using a specialized software. The video format reveals the internal and external features of the test subject, while it is in motion. All internal structures, fit and function, defects, discrepancies can be identified and located. The video can be further utilized by inspecting stills or conducting failure analysis.