Ultrasonic testing (UT): what materials can it be used to test?

Ultrasonic testing can be used on materials in many industries, such as automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and food.

Ultrasonic testing is an effective and widely used non-destructive material testing method that can be applied to a wide range of materials.

Ultrasonic testing is suitable for testing almost all types of homogeneous materials, including metals, plastics, glass, ceramics and composites. Different materials have different sound propagation properties, which affects the ultrasonic testing possibilities. For example, metals are very good conductors of ultrasound, while plastics and glass are generally weaker conductors. Ceramics and composites are intermediate conductors.

Ultrasonic testing is widely used in a wide range of industries. For example, it is used in the automotive and aerospace industries to inspect structural components such as body panels and aircraft parts. In the oil and gas industry, ultrasonic testing can be used to check the integrity of pipelines. In the pharmaceutical and food industries, ultrasonic testing allows the quality of materials to be checked.

Ultrasound in non-destructive testing is most widely used in the inspection of welds (w), but it is also used for the inspection of formed steel products (wp), forged products (f), castings (c)!

The widespread use of ultrasound testing and the continuous development of this evolving technology could also create opportunities for new industries. For example, in the alternative energy industry, ultrasonic testing can help in the development of recycled materials and energy efficient technologies. There is also a growing demand for ultrasonic inspection in robotics and automation to enable autonomous and more efficient inspection processes. Ultrasonic testing offers promising opportunities for research and development, which could lead to new solutions to improve the quality and safety of materials.