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Boiler metal thickness

brianmason

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Posted: Sun 14th Aug 2011, 3:47pm
Boiler metal thickness

Could anyone advise us where we can get some help, or find a tool to help measure the thickness of our steam loco boilers?
Thanks

Brian M
Secretary
Ashmanhaugh Light Railway
 

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jimnolan

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Posted: Sun 14th Aug 2011, 6:09pm

There are plenty of reasonably priced ultrasonic thickness testers on eBay
 

Xz

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Posted: Mon 15th Aug 2011, 9:40am

There is no requirement under the boiler test code for you to measure the thickness of the material, and such information can be misleading, and highly inaccurate. Better to adopt the correct test proceedures and if something is doubtful then it should fail till replaced/repaired. With steel boilers always use a recommended water treatment.
 

brianlee

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Posted: Fri 3rd Aug 2012, 1:18pm

Brian Lee
The statement from Xz that "There is no requirement under the boiler test code to measure the thickness of the material in a steel boiler " is wrong.
As a Boiler Inspector for over 40 years experience Page 19 of the Code "Examination of Steel Boilers
it states " Check for corrosion and internal wasting"
The amount of wasting of the steel boiler plate is measured by either drilling a hole which is a very poor method or a much better and non destructive method is to use an ultrasonic thickness meter.
Brian S. Lee
 

craiggluyas

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Posted: Sat 4th Aug 2012, 10:08am

Hi Brian,
The code states to "check for" not to measure and as such can also be done using a camera as was advertised on here recently.

Craig
 

brianmason

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Posted: Sun 5th Aug 2012, 8:08am

Hi Guys, many thanks for your responces, much appreciated! Brian M
 
 
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