Fun Fact Friday: Liquid Penetrant Testing

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Liquid Penetrant Testing

This week’s Fun Fact Friday will focus on Liquid Penetrant Testing (LPT) and Examination, one of the Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) inspection services that Encorus Group offers. LPT is used to detect discontinuities that are on the surface of ferromagnetic (materials that are attracted to magnets) or non-ferromagnetic materials. This type of testing is one of the most widely used NDE inspection methods in the construction industry and any other situation where the surface of materials could be subject to discontinuities.

The Liquid Penetration Inspection process involves six main steps:

  1. Pre-cleaning­ – Any dirt, paint, oil, or loose scale must be removed from the surface of the material
  2. Application of penetrant – Liquid penetrant is applied to the part of the material being tested
  3. Excess penetrant removal – Any excess penetrant is removed from the surface of the part
  4. Application of developer – White developer is applied to the material being tested
  5. Inspection – Visible light with adequate intensity is used for the visible dye penetrant inspection
  6. Post cleaning – After the inspection and recording of results, the material surface should be cleaned

If you have a project that needs Liquid Penetrant Testing and Examination services, contact Director of Civil Materials Testing and NDT James Handzlik at jhandzlik@encorus.com or (716) 592-3980 ext 148.

Look out for more fun facts about Encorus Group next Friday!

Encorus Group Featured for Work on WIPP Project

Encorus Group Featured for Work on WIPP Project

Encorus Group and our Director of Engineering Design, Tom Gilmartin, were recently featured in the WIPP September Newsletter for their work on the new Safety Significant Confinement Ventilation System (SSCVS). This $288 million project will consist of building not one, but six of these gigantic 6-foot diameter fans for a fan facility in Tennessee. The new fans will be close to five times more powerful than WIPP’s current ventilation fans. Our own Tom Gilmartin was the lead engineer on this ventilation system, and has said that the SSCVS will be the largest ventilation system in the entire Department of Energy complex. Encorus Group has done work for WIPP in the past, including designing, procuring, and commissioning the Supplemtal Ventilation System (SVS) as well as the Fire Protection System. Take a look at the article for more information about WIPP and Encorus Group’s work. Great job, Tom and the rest of the Encorus Group Team!

http://www.wipp.energy.gov/wipp_latest_news_00.asp

Fun Fact Friday: Compressive Strength Testing

Fun Fact Friday: Compressive Strength Testing

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Compressive Strength Testing

One of the many services offered by Encorus Group’s Civil Materials Testing Team is a compressive strength test. This mechanical test is performed by applying an increasing amount of pressure to a piece of material to determine how much weight it can handle before fracturing. The compressive strength of the material is calculated by dividing the maximum load attained during the test by the cross-sectional area of the material.

This type of test is used to decide which specific type of material should be used in construction scenarios where large and heavy buildings or objects need a structural base or supports. Materials that can undergo compressive strength testing are concrete cylinders, cores, mortars, grouts, and concrete masonry units.

Encorus Group provides compressive strength testing on all of our special inspection projects. Some clients that we performed compressive strength testing for include UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Gro Solar, ECMC Emergency Center, and HP Hood. If you have a project that needs compressive strength testing services, contact Director of Civil Materials Testing and NDT James Handzlik at jhandzlik@encorus.com or (716) 592-3980 ext 148.

Stay tuned for more fun facts about Encorus Group next Friday!

Encorus Group’s Tom Gilmartin and John Allan Published in “The Military Engineer”

Encorus Group’s Tom Gilmartin and John Allan Published in “The Military Engineer”

An article co-authored by Encorus Group’s Senior Electrical Engineer and Design Division Director Tom Gilmartin and Senior Fire Protection Engineer John Allan has been published in the September-October 2018 issue of The Military Engineer.  The article focuses on innovations in fire protection design at military facilities.  You can read the article by clicking here and turning to page 68.

Encorus Group’s Tom Gilmartin and John Allan wrote an article which was published in The Military Engineer magazine.