The essential role of non-destructive testing in evaluating stainless steels and corrosion resistant alloys – an interview with Ana Benz, Chief Engineer at IRISNDT
Nondestructive testing (NDT) or nondestructive evaluation (NDE) encompasses a wide group of analysis techniques to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system without causing any damage to the original material. Many industries, such as the oil & gas and petrochemical sectors benefit from having project materials, like stainless steel and corrosion resistant alloys (CRAs), undergo nondestructive evaluations to ensure the material won’t fail while it is in use, which could have disastrous consequences. The specific process of ensuring that metals are free from any flaws is so critically essential that there are many highly skilled companies that perform this service on behalf of stainless steel manufacturers, fabricators, distributors, and end-users. One such company is IRISNDT, which has been serving the oil and gas, chemical, power generation, and pipeline industries for 64 years and has locations throughout North America and the United Kingdom. Stainless Steel World Americas had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Ana Benz, a Chief Engineer who works out of IRISNDT’s Edmonton, Alberta location. She told us about her current role, her experiences with stainless steels, CRAs, and aging facilities as well as what she sees for the future of the NDT industry.
By Candace Allison