Eddy current and inspection of coatings for storage tanks

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Journal of Materials Research and Technology, ISSN: 2238-7854, Vol: 7, Issue: 3, Page: 356-360

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Marcella Grosso; Clara J. Pacheco; Mónica P. Arenas; Andre H. Mascarenhas Lima; Isabel C.P. Margarit-Mattos; Sergio Damasceno Soares; Gabriela R. Pereira
Elsevier BV
Materials Science
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The aim of this work is to make a survey of typical flaws presented by modern anticorrosive coatings commonly employed for inside protection of petrochemicals storage tanks and discuss what can be expected from nondestructive inspection with conventional eddy current technique. In this sense, advantages and limitations of the method are discussed taking into account the characteristics of the coatings. Controlled defects were machined in carbon steel substrates in order to simulate localized corrosion. The detectability of the eddy current technique was evaluated for as-applied insulating coatings (with different thicknesses) in presence and absence of iron oxide inside the simulated corrosion defects. Comparing the results obtained with the original C-Scan maps and after the image processing, the machined defects were successfully detected. In this comparison, it was observed a significant improvement for the false defects elimination using image processing.