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Process Piping Inspection - HYDRA™

HYDRA™ is an intelligent pigging technology used for in-line inspection of buried or inaccessible piping in nuclear plants and process piping in refining and chemical facilities. HYDRA is a hybrid tool that combines key functionality from the FTIS™ Furnace Tube Inspection System and InVista™ In-line Inspection technology. It was developed to address specific industry challenges, such as short lengths of piping in complex configurations, foreign material exclusion and limited space for launching/receiving. The inspection data captured by HYDRA can be combined with our LifeQuest™Fitness-for-Service assessment software, providing an integrated solution set for the nuclear and process industries.

Learn more about inspection and assessment of process piping in refining and chemical facilities:

Process Piping Inspection Tool Features

  • Inspects 100% of internal and external pipe surfaces
  • Bi-directionality allows launch/retrieval from same location
  • Provides 100% overlapping coverage of coil components utilizing 48-168 ultrasonic transducers
  • Inspects 3"-24" (76mm-609mm) diameter piping
  • Inspects piping lengths ranging from a few feet long to several miles in length
  • Easily navigates:
    • Fittings (e.g. tees, wyes)
    • Short radius bends (e.g. 45°, 90°, 180°)
    • Valves (e.g. ball, gate and others which do not obstruct center bore of pipe)
    • Branched connections
  • Results are compatible with API-570 piping management systems

Process Piping Inspection Benefits

  • Ensure piping integrity
  • Pinpoint potential degradation to ensure timely repairs
  • Maximize condition assessment of internal and external pipe surfaces
  • Minimize operational and safety risk
  • Cost effective in comparison to alternatives such as localized excavations


Nuclear Piping Inspection

Learn more about inspection and assessment of buried or inaccessible piping in nuclear facilities:

Buried or inaccessible piping, including:

  • Product transfer piping
  • Hydrogen supply piping
  • Fire protection
  • Lube oil
  • Diesel fuel oil
  • Chemical
  • Potable water
  • Gas
  • Floor and equipment drains
  • Insulated piping where CUI may be an issue
  • Waste water piping
  • Short piping systems in and around the tank farm
  • Auxiliary/emergency piping

Piping constructed of various materials:

  • Carbon steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Mixed alloys

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