Testing the impact the environment has on metal components

Replication inspection

Format NDT Ltd can help clients who want to monitor the condition and remaining lifetime of metal products. We can do this by offering replication inspection testing. This is a form of NDT that examines the surface of a part or component. Our experts can use it to look at things like creep damage and the microstructure.

The environment is one of the most important things to consider when you are tracking the condition of metals. These conditions could cause much higher wear than you would normally expect. There are a number of things to think about here.

Atmospheric pollution

The specific elements in the atmosphere in an environment can have a big impact on metals. For example, the presence of things like acidic particles, chloride, and alkalis can cause faster wear and corrosion. Gases like sulfur dioxide, ozone, and nitrogen dioxide can also cause this.


Several climatic parameters can also cause metals to break down at different rates. Here you need to think about important factors like the temperature, humidity, and radiation. Then, you need to think about precipitation and what kind of impact it can have. Even then the quality of the precipitation can vary. For example it can be more harmful to metals if it includes nitrates and sulfates. The pH can have a big impact too.

Talk to us about replication inspection

Format NDT Ltd knows how important it is to check how much damage the environment is causing to different metal products. You have to do this to ensure you have the right maintenance plans in place. It also helps to prevent unanticipated problems such as leaks, structural failures, and more.

We can use replication inspection to help with this. The technique is non-destructive. It involves preparing the metal surface with one of several compounds. Then, it is a simple case of using a plastic film to pull this away and create a replica. Our expert technicians can then interpret the results for you. This will involve pointing out things like creep and how much life is left in the parts.

This kind of NDT is a useful thing to add to your routine maintenance schedule. Doing so can make it much easier to track the damage that the environment is causing. If you would like to do this, or want a one off service, you can contact us. We support clients in different industries from all over the UK.