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PIPELINE INTEGRITY TESTING LABORATORY

Pipeline Integrity Destructive Testing Services

NaturalGasTankFarm-2Pipeline integrity requires ongoing testing of materials, welds, and components. Without a defined Integrity Management (IM) plan, the potential for dramatic and costly pipeline failures continues to be a top concern for regulatory agencies, pipeline operators and energy providers.  In 2017, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a final rule that mandates several preventative and documentation processes designed to standardize the measurement, testing and assessment of pipeline inspection procedures.

IMR Test Labs-Louisville is a well-equipped and experienced pipeline materials testing center.  We've helped several regional, national and international petro-chemical production and transmission companies answer questions specifically related to pipeline material properties. IMR has the mechanical, chemistry and metallurgical expertise to help operators apply the test data to decisions about future pipeline maintenance plans. Our clear, concise reports contain the critical analyses to insure compliance with 49CFR, Part 192- the requirement that operators have full asset knowledge of assets operating in High Consequence Areas (HCA).
 

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PIPELINE INTEGRITY ANALYTICAL SERVICES

METALLURGICAL ANALYSIS

Case Depth 
Certified Weld Inspections 
Decarburization 
Fractography 
Grain Size 
Heat Treat Analysis 
Inclusion Rating 
Intergranular Attack 
Intergranular Oxidation 
Microhardness Testing (Knoop, Vickers, Macro Vickers) 
Microscopy (SEM, Macro, Micro) 
Microstructure 
Particle Analysis 
Plating & Coating Analysis 
Plating Thickness 
Porosity 
Quantitative Image Analysis 
SEM Analysis 
Surface Topography 
Thermal Spray Coating Evaluations 
Weld Qualifications

FAILURE ANALYSIS

Contaminant Identification 
Corrosion Failure 
Fixed and Rotating Equipment Failure 
Nonmetallic Failure Analysis 
Root Cause Determination 
Structural Failures

CORROSION TESTING

Accelerated Weathering 
Chemical Exposure Testing  
Chemical Resistance Testing  
Cyclic Corrosion  
Dezincification  
Electrochemical Corrosion Simulation  
Environmentally Assisted Cracking (EAC)  
Heat & Fluid Aging  
Mercurous Nitrate Testing  
Salt Spray Testing  
SO 2 Exposure  
SO 2/CO2 Exposure  
Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC)  
Temperature & Humidity Cycling

Additional Analytical Services

MECHANICAL TESTING

3 & 4 Point Bend Testing (including wraparound)
Charpy Impact Testing 
Coating Shear Fatigue 
Creep & Stress Rupture Testing 
Fatigue Testing 
Fracture Mechanics 
Hardness (Brinell, Rockwell, Barcol, Durometer, Shore) 
Hydrogen Embrittlement 
Rotating Beam Fatigue  
Slow Strain Rate Testing (G129) 
Tensile Testing 
Torsion Testing 
Weld Inspection/Testing

CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

Alloy Chemistry  
Contaminant/Corrodent Identification  
Corrosion Product Analysis  
DSC Analysis  
FTIR Analysis  
Hazardous Substances  
Heavy Metal Impurities  
ICP-AES Analysis  
ICP-MS Trace Element Analysis  
Ionic Contamination  
Internal Cleanliness  
Metallic Material Verification  
N, O, C, S, H  
OES Analysis  
On-Site Positive Material Identification (PMI)  
Polymeric Material Identification  
Rare Earth Elements   
SEM/EDS  
Surface Cleanliness  
TGA Analysis  
Trace Element Analysis  
XRD Analysis 
XRF Analysis

RELEVANT ACCREDITATIONS

Click here for a complete list of accreditations and certifications for all IMR Test Labs locations.