The software has three distinct phases: pre-processing, processing, and post-processing. In the pre-processing phases, raw data from the ILI tool is cleaned using various smoothing techniques, and prepared for finite element analysis (FEA). Next, the data is analyzed using a commercially-available FEA software to generate stresses and/or strains. The outputs are then post-processed and transformed into actionable insights for operators.
Figure 1: Example of pre-processing
This type of processing calculates key outputs about the detected dent features, such as the stress concentration factors (SCF), which are used to estimate the remaining life. This information is then used to determine the best course of action for operators, whether that be remediate, leave and monitor, or repair & monitor. These recommendations are verified by detailed engineering analysis and compared with the limits provided in the respective codes and standards.
Figure 2: Example of stress contour around a dent defect
Potential applications for this innovative technology go beyond processing dents from inline inspections. According to Mr. Hassanin, there are future opportunities for other types of defects to be processed, such as corrosion or crack-like features. There are also possible applications for inspections performed with magnetic flux leakage (MFL) and 3D scanning. In addition, Mr. Valencia is looking forward to when the program will eventually incorporate Machine Learning for even quicker results.
Through transforming a formerly manual process into an automatic analysis that incorporates engineering judgment, ADV Integrity hopes to use this tool to work with companies for better inspection results in the future.