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Magnetostrictive Sensor(MsS) System
For Guided Wave Testing of Pipeline
GuidedWaveAnalysisLLC supportsclientswith
Sales and Rental of MsS Guided Wave System,
Training, and Consulting
For information or inquires:
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The main purpose of establishing Guided Wave Analysis LLC (GWA) in 2007
is to spread MsS technology worldwide through training and consulting in order to
ensure proper use of the MsS technology. The technology incorporated in the MsS
System was developed by Southwest Research Institute

(SwRI

), a Texas nonprofit
corporation.
The MsS System was commercialized primarily for inspecting and monitoring
pipeline. It is used to generate a non-dispersive guided wave for long-range ultrasonic
inspection and monitoring through rapid surveying of pipes to detect internal and external
corrosion. Theapplicationareasof theMsSsystemaretoinspect andmonitor:
- Pipingsystemsinoil, gas, andpetrochemical facilities
- Offshorepipingsystems/risers
- Power generationpipingsystems
- Roadcrossings/leveepenetrations
- Elevatedor complexpipingsystemswithlimitedclearance
- Buriedpipelines
GWA sells and leases MsS Systems to NDT servicecompanies, research institutes,
and universities, and supports these clients with consultancy, data analysis, supply of
accessories, personnel training, andon-sitetraininganddemonstration. Theexperienceand
knowledge obtained fromclient support are used for upgrading MsS technology through
researchanddevelopment at theSensor SystemsandNDE Department inSwRI

.
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The MsS System is a device that electromagnetically generates and receives
ultrasonic waves in the material for long-range guided wave testing. It is composed of a
laptop computer, theMsSR3030R instrument, and MsS probes as shown in aphoto below.
TheMsS softwareinthelaptopcomputer controls parameters of theMsSR3030R, acquires
data through a USB port, analyzes data, and generates inspection report. The MsSR3030R
instrument generatestone-burst electricpulsestotheMsSprobesanddetectsinducedvoltage
generatedwhentheultrasonicguidedwavepassesthroughtheprobe.
TheMsSprobeisanultrasonictransducer consistingof ferromagneticstrips(0.10mmthick)
and ribbon cables (less than 4 mmthick) as shown in the photo. The ultrasonic wave is
generated in thethin strip and coupled to thepipethrough dry coupling, shear couplant, or
epoxybonding.
MsS Sector Probe
TheMsSsector probeis4 to12-inch-long,coveringonlysectionof pipecircumference, and
isusedfor mediumrange(5to20ft) high-resolutioninspection. It isusedfor inspectingpipe
support or pipeshoearea, wall penetration pipe, soil-air and concrete-air interfaceof pipe,
and 16-inch-OD or bigger diameter pipe including plate. Because the sector probe covers
onlysectionof pipe, itssensitivityisveryhigh, not dependingonthepipesize.
MsSR3030R
MsS probe
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MsSR 3030R System
Twochannel transmittersandreceiversfor controllingthewavepropagationdirection
120V or 240V AC, 50/60Hz, power or internal batteryoperated; Theinternal battery
suppliespower tobothequipment andcomputer for operatingmorethan2days in
normal operationwithmorethan50inspectionlocations
Widefrequencyrangeoperation: 5kHz to250kHz
Thesystemhasbandpassfilter at 16, 32, 45, 64, 90, 128, 180, and250kHz
TheMsSprobecanbeinstalledwith25mmor higher clearancearound
thepipeand75mmclearancealongthepipe.
TheMsSprobecanbeinstalledif thepipeisaccessiblemorethan60percent aroundthe
pipecircumference. Theheat tracer linesdonot needtobelifted.
Twooperationmodes
pulse-echomode: normal guidedwaveinspectionandmonitoring
pitch-catchmode: guidedwaveinspectionof high-attenuationpipe
Time-correctedgain(TCG) functionthat increasessignal-to-noiseratioof long-distance
signal
Probeisverylight (lessthan0.8kgfor 24-inchpipetestingprobe)
Light instrument (12.5kg)
Softwarefunctions
- Sortingout falsecallsduetomultiplereflections
- Multi-frequencydataanalysisfor findingdifferent sizeof defects
- Spectrogramdatadisplayfor showingfrequencyresponseof indication
- Automaticallyfindingindications
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MsSGuidedWaveSystemcaninspect apipeof anydiameter
includingplate(usually0.25- to80-inchouter diameter)
Thetotal cross-sectional wall alongthepipeisinspected. (Volumetricinspection)
Abilitytodetect corrosionwall lossandcracksinaboveground, buried, andinsulatedpipe.
Inspectionrangeinstraight abovegroundpipelineistypically50metersoneither sideof theMsSprobes
andcanbeupto200metersinideal conditions.
Sensitivitycanbeasgoodas1%crosssectional lossingoodconditionof pipe(but thethresholdcanbe
set from0.5to5%dependingonthedistancefromtheMsSprobeandpipecondition).
Thegeneratedsignal withMsSprobeis56dB (600times) higher thanthecoherent noiseof unwanted
modes.
MsSprobescanbeattachedtoapipewithdrycoupling, epoxybondingor ultrasonicshear couplant
dependingonpipesurfacecondition.
InexpensiveMsSprobescanbepermanentlyinstalledtopipelineat difficult-to-accesslocationfor long-
termpipemonitoring.
Continuousprobecoveringthewholecircumferenceof pipe
- Excellent directioncontrol
- Zeronear-fieldlength
MsSprobehasshort deadzonelength
- 11inchwith32kHz probe
- 8inchwith64kHz probe
- 5inch with128kHz probe
A pipeof upto300
o
C surfacetemperaturecanbeinspectedandmonitoredwithout takingit out of
serviceif theMsSprobeisbondedat atemperaturelessthan125
o
C.
A pipeof upto500
o
C surfacetemperaturecanbeinspectedwithout removingheat tracer lineswithMsS
drycoupling(mechanical coupling) tools.
User-friendlyanalysissoftwarereducesfalsecallsandhelpsmakinginspectionreport.
Oncetheprobeisinstalled, theinspectionor monitoringcanbedone20or 30locationsadaywith
installedprobe. It iscost effectiveandbest for condition-basedmonitoring.
High-sensitivitypipeinspectionwithhigh-frequency(50~250kHz) probe
Long-rangepipeinspectionwithlow-frequency(5~50kHz) probe.
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The guided wave is structure-borne ultrasonic waves that propagate along the structure
confinedandguidedby its geometric boundaries. As shownintheFigure1, theguidedwavein
thepipelinepropagatesalongthepipeaxisandreflectsfromanylocal cross-sectional areachange
such as corrosion defects. The GWT is a technique for finding defect location with the arrival
time and the velocity of guided wave and estimating the defect size with the signal amplitude.
TheGWT uses low-frequency of from5 to 250 kHz in order to havealong wavelength that is
usuallylonger thanthepipewall thicknessandtolessattenuationfor long-rangeinspection
How can inspector perform the Guided Wave Testing?
TheMsSequipment for guidedwavetestingor long-rangeultrasonictestingiscompact
andeasilyoperatedbyinspectorsinfacilities. Likeordinaryultrasonicthicknessmeasurement
tool, inspector cancarryit tothepipeandquicklytest thepipeusingMsSprobeandshear
couplant. Thesurfacepreparationof guidedwavetestingisthesameasthat of ordinaryultrasonic
inspectionexcept that weneedtoaccesstothewholepipecircumferencefor long-range
inspection. If MsSsector probeisused, theguidedwaveinspectionof pipeisthesameasthe
ordinaryUT thicknessmeasurement inpreparationandprocedure. Theonlydifferenceisthat the
guidedwavetestingcheckdefectsalongtheaxial lengthof pipeinsteadof wall thickness
direction.
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Thebigadvantageof guidedwavetestingisthat theultrasonicguidedwavetravelsalongthe
axial lengthof pipelinewithlowattenuation. Other NDT testingsuchasUT, RT, andET isspot
measurement tool withwhichthetestedareaislimitedtotheprobeinstallationlocation. Because
the axial symmetricguidedwave, torsional mode, fillsthepipecross-sectional areaand
propagatesthoughtheaxial direction, theguidedwavetestingscreens100%volumeof pipewall
for cross-sectional areachangesuchascorrosionanderosion. Thevolumetricinspectionof
pipingsignificantlyreducesthelocationfor follow-upinspection.
Theguidedwavepropagatesthroughthepipewall sothat thefollowingsareadvantages:
1. Long-lengthof pipelinecanbeinspectedgivingcomprehensiveconditioninformationina
short time.
2. Inaccessiblelocationscanbeinspected: soil-air interface, concrete-air interface(if the
concreteisnot bondedtothepipe), wall penetration, buriedpipeline, roadcrossing
pipeline, etc.
3. Longlengthof pipelinecanbescreenedwithseveral accesslocationsfor installingthe
guidedwaveprobeandfor follow-uptestingif indicationisfound. It significantlyreduces
preparationtimeandlabour for installingscaffoldof high-elevationpipeline, removing
insulationof insulatedpipeline, andexcavatingburiedpipeline.
4. Thehightemperature(upto500C) pipelinecanbeinspectedor monitoredduring
normal operationwithout removingheat tracer lines.
Theweldinpipelineplaysimportant rolesinlong-rangeguidedwavetesting. It isbigreflector
rangingfrom10to30percent dependingonoperatingfrequency, andweldbeadheight relativeto
wall thickness. It isareferenceestimatingdefect sizeincross-sectional areaandareferencefor
phasecheckingof signal. For agoodconditionof pipeline, thephaseisusedfor differentiating
defect fromgeometricfeatures. Theweldisalsousedfor determininginspectionrangeof guided
wavetesting. Becausetheweldisabigreflector, wecancalculatetheinspectionrangewiththe
signal-to-noiseratioof weldsignal. Theweldsignal isespeciallyuseful for inspectingburied
pipelinefor measuringinspectionrangeandestimatingdefect size.
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The most difficult question to answer in guided wave is the inspection range. How far can your
system inspect? It depends on capability of guided wave system (how strongly generates torsional or
longitudinal mode and how much reduce the generation of flexural modes), defect size, and attenuation
(operating frequency, geometric features of pipe, corrosion condition, pipe coating, insulation, depth of
burial, andthenatureanddegreeof compactionof thesurroundingsoil).
The inspection range and defect sensitivity depends on the probe including guided wave system,
operatingfrequency, andattenuationdueto geometric featureor insulation. Withstronggenerationof axial
symmetric mode, MsS GWT systemcandetect 2to3%defectslocatedat about 150meter after passing18
girthwelds ina16-inchOD abovegroundstraight gas transmissionpipeline[PipelineandGas Technology,
August (2006), pp28-31].
Theattenuationishigher withincreasingwavefrequencyandsoil depth. Coatingand
insulationalsoincreasesthewaveattenuationtobehigher thaninbareor paintedpipe. Thebelow
datawereplottedtoshowthesoil effect of wavepropagation. Thetopplot showsthedataof 20-
kHz torsional modefrom4.5-inch-ODbitumencoatedpipewithout soil cover. Thebottomwas
acquiredafter 3.2-ft soil cover. Theattenuationwassignificantlyincreasedduetoguided-wave
energyleakagetosoil.
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Thefollowingshowsthephotoanddataof MsSguidedwavetestedfor 16-inchOD
abovegroundstraight gastransmissionpipeline. Theguidedwavecandetectsabout 2.5- percent
cross-sectional areadefect (markedwithcouplet inthebottomgraph) locatedat about 493ft after
passing18girthwelds. Pleaseseethat MsSdatahavehighspatial resolutioncomparedtoother
guidedwavesystems. Withthebelowinspectionwecaninspect over 500ft lengthof pipinginone
directionfor detectionof 2to3%defectsonstraight bareor paintedlines.
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TheguidedwavesystemusingMsSprobehasmuchmerit comparedtothoseusingdiscrete
piezoelectrictransducer belts. Thefollowingisthelist tocheckbeforepurchasingguidedwavesystem.
Thedataintheparenthesesarespecificationsof MsSsystem.
1. Operatingfrequency [5kHz to250kHz]
2. Priceof thesystemisreasonablecomparedtoother guidedwavesystems.
3. Additional maintenancecost isverylowcomparedtoother guidedwavesystems.
4. Defect detectionsensitivity[Sensitivityisveryhighwithsector probeandhigh-frequency
operation]
5. Sumof deadzonelengthandnear fieldlength[It is 4inchwith128kHz]
6. Inspectionrange[about 500ft alongonedirectionfor abovegroundpaintedpipelinefor finding2or
3percent cross-sectional areadefect]
7. Weight of equipment [about 12.5kg]
8. Weight of probe[0.8kgfor 24-inchpipeprobe; wedont usecranetolift theguidedwaveprobe]
9. Highsignal-to-noiseratio[Lessflexural modegenerationthananyother guidedwavesystems]
10. Broadbandoperation[Wecantest 5to250kHz withonestripinstallation]
11. Highspatial resolutionbyusinghighfrequencyandlownumber of cycles[Weuse1or 2cyclesfor
GWT]
12. Findingdefect around thepipecircumference[weusesector probe]
13. Inspectionlocationsper day[Wecanusuallyinspect 5to30locationsper daydependingonpipe
sizeandaccessibility]
14. Signal repeatability[MsSsystemgenerateshigh-repeatabledatafor guidedwavemonitoringwith
360-degreecoveringprobe.]
15. Hightemperatureapplication[MsSprobecaninspect upto500C usingmechanical couplingtool]
16. Sizeof probe[MsSprobeisverythinandthuscanbeinstalledonthepipehavingabout 0.4-inch
gapbetweenpipes.]
17. Training[TheMsStechniqueistrainedbyLevel III inGWT whoisalsoASNT NDT Level III in
UT andET andhasmorethan13yearsexperienceinGWT with13USpatentsabout guidedwave
application]
18. Continuoussupport andresponsibility[Wesupport clientswithcontinuoustraining]
19. Honesty[Wearehonest toclient. Wesupport client basedonour experienceof inspectionservice,
research, development, training, dataanalysisservice, guidedwavesoftwaredevelopment, and
consulting.]
20. Other applicationarea[MsSsystemcanbeusedfor plate, buriedrod, cable, boiler tube, condenser
tube, heat exchanger tube, tubeangle, andanglebeam.
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Thehigh-frequencyoperationof MsSguided-wavesystemincludesmuchmerit comparedtoGUL andTeletest
systemsinpipinginspectionandmonitoring. MsSsystemoperatesat widefrequencyrangeof 5kHz to250kHz
withpuretorsional wavemode. Thehigh-frequencyoperationallowsfindingsmaller defectsinshort (lessthan30
ft alongonedirection) distancefor insulatedpipelineinrefinery, chemical andpetrochemical facilities. It alsohas
lessinteractionwithattachedgeometricfeaturessuchasclampandpipesupport exampledinthebelow.
Example 1: Clamp on pipe
Thefollowingfigureshowsinspectionreport plot indikepenetrationregion(topgraph), photoof aclamp(left
bottom), andamplifiedplot of clampsignal (right bottom). Theinspectionreport wasmadewith64- and150-kHz
torsional modedata. Theclampsignal at about 2mwasshownwith64-kHz data. Thevideosignal inthedotted
linewasplottedat theright bottomwithrf signals. Theclampsignal isstrongat 32kHz data, andit decreasesas
thefrequencyincreasesasshownintheamplifiedplot. Theclampsignal at 150kHz isnot shownbecausethe
guidedwavesignal at highfrequencyhaslessinteractionwiththeclamp. If thereisnodefect inpipeclamp, no
signal isreflectedfromit. Therefore, 150-kHz signal canindicateadefect under theclampif thereflectionfrom
theclampisstrongat 150-kHz data. Thefollowingfieldtestingshowsthat theinspectionrangeat 150kHz is
longer thanthat at 32and64kHz if thepipelineincludestightenedU-clamps. If theinspectionwasperformedat
onlylowfrequency, thetrailingsignalsof clampmakesafalsecall or makesdifficult tofinddefect at theclampor
behindit.
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Example 2: Unwelded pipe support
Thefollowingfigureshowsinspectionreport plot (topgraph), aphotoof pipesupport (theleft bottom), and
amplifiedplot of pipesupport signal (theright bottom). Thebigpipewassupportedbyasmall diameter pipeon
concreteblock. Thesignal fromapipesupport isshownat 32and64kHz. But thepipesupport signal at 128kHz
doesnot showbecausetheguidedwavesignal at highfrequencyhaslessinteractionwithanattachment. If thereis
nodefect inpipesupport, nosignal isreflectedfromit. Therefore, 128-kHz signal ismucheasier thanlow-
frequencysignal infindingdefect inpipesupport.
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Example 3: Welded pipe support
Thefollowingfigureshowsinspectionreport plot (topgraph), photoof weldedpipesupport intheinsulation
(left bottom), andamplifiedplot of pipesupport signal (right bottom). Theinspectionreport wasmadewith128-
kHz torsional modedata. Theweldedpipesupport hasstronginteractionwithlow-frequencyguidedwaveas
shownintheamplifiedplot of pipesupport signal (right bottom). Theamplifiedplot wasmarkedwithred-dotted
lineintheinspectionreport plot. The32-kHz torsional datashowsthestrongtrailingsignal followingthepipesup-
port signal. If thisinspectionwasperformedat lessthan60kHz, thebigtrailingsignal at lowfrequencycausesa
falsecall. Therefore, high-frequencyinspectionof pipelineisnecessaryfor testingapipelinehavingweldedpipe
support.
Thetrailingsignal isstrongif thecircumferential lengthislessthanabout 5timesof operatingwavelength. Be-
cause128-kHz torsional modehas4timesshorter wavelengththanthat of 32kHz, 128-kHz torsional modedoes
not interact withthepipesupport anditssignal ismuchbetter infindinganydefect at theregionfollowingapipe
support.
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Example 4: Pitting Corrosion under Insulation
ThefollowingphotoshowsCUI (corrosionunder insulation) guidedwavetesting. TheMsSprobe
wasinstalledafter removingtheinsulationandtestedat 32, 64, and128kHz. But thesmall surfacecor-
rosionwassensitivetohighfrequencyof 128kHz (Wavelengthis1inch). Wefoundpittingcorrosionin
theelbowregionandverifiedbyclient after removingtheinsulation.
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Theguidedwavetestinguseslow-frequencyultrasonicwavethat istransmittedtothe
pipeline. Oncetheultrasonicwaveisgeneratedinthepipeline, itspropagationor interaction
withdefect or geometricfeaturesdoesnot changeif thefrequencyandwavemodeisthe
same. Therefore, MsSsystemcaninspect anypipelinethat other guidedwavesystemscan
dobecausewehavestronger guidedwavegenerationandwider frequencyrangethanother
systems. Theapplicationpipingstructuresare; pipingsystemsinoil, gas, andpetrochemical
facilities; offshorepipingsystems/risers; power generationpipingsystems; roadcrossings/
leveepenetrations; Elevatedor complexpipingsystemswithlimitedclearance; andburied
pipelines.
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Guided wave inspection is performed on fixed inspection intervals prescribed by
governmental regulationsthat aresometimesnot inlinewiththemaintenancerequirements. Since
guidedwaveisasurveyingtool, theguidedmonitoringis requiredtodoin-servicetestingbefore
aplanned shutdown. Ampletimeis then availableto plan thenecessary maintenancework long
beforetheactual shutdowntakesplace. Therefore, total downtimefor theinstallationisreduced.
TheMsSSystemhasanumber of advantages comparedtoGUL Wavemaker andTeletest
inguidedwavemonitoring. SincetheMsS systemisbasedonthemagnetostrictivesensor (MsS),
thebenefitsof long-rangeguidedwavemonitoringwithMsSsystemare:
- MsSprobesaremuchcheaper thanpiezoelectricringprobes.
- Theprobeislight (lessthan0.5kgfor 24-inch-ODpipe), sothat theinstallationworkis
easyat highlevel.
- Easytoinstall instructuresfor monitoring
- Nolimitationof pipesizeexistsbecausetheMsSprobesaredirectlymadeat onsite
withmaterial.
- Onlya25-mmclearanceisneededaroundthepipeinpermanent monitoring.
- MsSprobesworkwell at hightemperaturepipeupto300C.
In MsS guided wavemonitoring, theMsS probeis permanently installed at acorrosion-
sensitiveregion of structure; baselinedataareobtained; thestructureis periodically tested; and
theperiodicdataarecomparedwiththebaselinedatatoidentifystructural changeswithtime.
Themeritsof MsSguidedwavemonitoringcomparedtoinspectionare:
- Quicklyobtainnewdatawiththeinstalledprobes
- Dataisacquiredfromthesamelocationof probes
- Small changesinconditioncanbereadilydetectedwithcomparisonof baselinedata
andperiodicallymonitoreddata
- Findsdefect initiationandgrowthingeometricfeaturessuchasweld, support,
attachment, etc.
- Noneedtoremoveinsulationor excavatesoil for theprobeinstallationexcept thefirst time
- Allowsin-servicetestinginhightemperatureor highelevationline.
- Givesampletimefor maintenanceworksandreducestotal downtime
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Theinspectionreport of MsSguidedwavetestingincludesfour pagesResult table, Analyzed
dataplot, RectifiedRF andSpectrogramplot. Theresult tableincludesbasicinformationof test
locationandinspectors, inspectionsummary, andinformationof all indications.
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Theanalyzeddataplot consistsof twosetsof videodataacquiredat twodifferent frequenciesor
twodifferent locations, all indicationsintheresult table, DAC curveplot. Thedataanalysiswas
performedwithDAC-compensatedplot inwhichDAC curveiscompensatedinthevideodata.
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ThethirdpageincludesrectifiedRF andspectrogramdataplotsacquiredat 20-, 32-, 64-, and
128-kHz center frequency. Thesurfacecorrosionof pipecanbeeasilyobservedin128-kHz data
withnoise-likesignal followingtheinitial pulseduetosurfacescale.
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# Training and Certification
The MsS guided-wave inspection training covers the principle of guided waves and their
propagation in pipeline, guided-wave generation using MsS probe, MsS probe installation, MsS
equipment operation, data analysis and reporting. The MsS guided-wave inspection training
includes3certificationlevels:
Level I Certification: Requires 5-days trainingcoursewithpassingawrittenandpractical
examination. Level I operators cantest pipelines accordingto writteninstruction. TheLevel I can
analyze data with the help of guided-wave inspection report software and report the findings for
straight exposedpipeandabovegroundinsulatedpipeline.
Level II Certification: Requiresguided-wavetestingexperienceof 9monthsor 630hoursin
5 to 27 months with passing a written and practical examination. Level II operators can analyze
buried pipeline data, monitoring data and data tested in specialized pipeline with multiple
frequencies. TheLevel II shouldunderstandtheguided-waveinteractionwithdefects or geometric
featuresat different frequencies.
Level III Certification: Developersof MsStechnologyhavethisqualification.
# Data Analysis
Surveying with guided waves often requires interpretation of complex signals. GWA has
much experience in data analysis and report, and uses Matlab software for professional data
analysis. Thedataanalysisserviceof GWA hasfollowingprocedure:
1. A client sendsat least 5setsof datatoGWA for makingreport format andestimating
analysistimeof eachdataset.
2. GWA sendstheclient samplereportsandtheestimatecost of analyzingandreporting
data.
3. Theclient approvesit andsendsGWA all datatobeanalyzedandreported.
4. GWA loadsall inspectionreportsinGWA ftpsiteandclient fetchthem.
Weareprofessional inguidedwavedataanalysisandclientswill besatisfiedwithour service.
TheMsS systemisusedtoinspect andmonitor manydifferent kindsof pipingsystems, and
thegeneral inspectionreport softwaresometimestakesmoretimeandeffort toanalyzefor aspecial
pipingapplicationsuchasroadcrossing, storagetank leg, short buriedpiping, andoff-shorepiping.
GWA will help our client through programming software tailored to our clients requirement for
handling a special application. Also, the report format in the inspection report software can be
tailoredtoour clientsrequirement.
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# Field Trip
TheexpertsinGWA will maketripsintothefieldfor hands-ontraininganddemonstrations
of field techniques. Field trips to inspection sites are helpful to companies starting guided wave
serviceandGWA helps clients onthepreparationof accessories, MsS probeinstallation, selection
of probeinstallationlocation, decisionof inspectionrange, anddataanalysisandreporting.
# Consultancy
MsS systemhas many applicationareas for detectingcorrosionor cracks withguidedwave
inspection and monitoring. Some application requires testing with multi frequencies to get more
defect information, and using morethan onepair of probes to achievelonger inspection rangein
highattenuationpipe. GWA helpstheclient inthe followingways:
- Visit client for on-siteinstallationof MsSprobes
- Analyzeandreport of inspectionandmonitoringdata
- Makeguidedwaveinspection/monitoringproceduresfor special application
- Programatailoredsoftwarefor special application
- DemonstratetheMsSsystemtoclients
- Trainclientstotransfer upgradedMsStechnologyincludingprobeinstallationprocedure, new
probe, andupgradedsoftware.
MsS technology has many provenandpotential applicationareas whenit is properly used.
TheGWA expertswill workwithclientstousetheMsStechnologyintheir special applications.
If our clients application cannot be solved with the current state-of-the-art of MsS
technology, GWA will connect you to thedevelopment teamat SwRI

to solveit through further


researchanddevelopment.
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Guided Wave Analysis LLC
7139CallaghanRoad
SanAntonio, TX 78229
UnitedStatesof America
TheMsS systemfor guidedwaveinspection, monitoring, andresearchiscommerciallyavailableto
inspectionserviceproviders, researchinstitutes, anduniversities. For moreinformationor inquiries
about theMsSsystemanditsaccessories, pleaseemail mss@gwanalysis.com.
Technical support inquiries such as consulting of difficult inspection situations, data analysis,
additional training of new member, or on-site demonstration should be directed to
support@gwanalysis.com
For informationabout rentingMsSsystem, pleaseemail torent@gwanalysis.com.
For inspectionserviceinquirieswith MsSSystem, pleaseemail service@gwanalysis.com.
Person to Contact
SangY. Kim, Ph.D.
MsSGuidedWaveTestingLevel III
ASNT NDT Level III inET andUT
Phone: 210-842-7635
Email: skim@gwanalysis.com