Kirby Woods

Kirby Woods

Kirby Woods

Stories by Kirby Woods

Testing for Materials Aging in Nuclear Power Generators

Although our country is young by European, and especially by Asian standards, its infrastructures are getting old. These aging structures' rising costs are becoming an epidemic that directly affects public safety and has an adverse impact on the country's competitive advantage in the international marketplace. One area of particular concern is the nuclear power industry, whose aging cost has been estimated at an annual $17.3 billion [1]. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission considers the corrosion that has taken place in various facilities to be a public safety issue [2]. This article describes a nondestructive examination (NDE) process, and a new technology that could offer a cure for this "aging epidemic.""