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January 2010 - The end of penetrant testing (Follow-up)

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Friday, 01 January 2010 08:38

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Happy New Year

Patrick DUBOSC - Pierre CHEMIN


The end of penetrant testing (Follow-up)

The end of Penetrant Testing still arouses so many declarations and reactions.

For example in the last issue of a technical journal we may read the report of the 30th anniversary of the COSAC, the Aerospace Certification Committee of COFREND (the French Confederation for Non-Destructive Testing) in which the forecast end of Penetrant Testing is announced.

This report is in fact the topic of a paper titled ‘‘Cosac - Un anniversaire tourné vers l’avenir’’ which means ‘‘COSAC - Anniversary for the future’’. We read, the statement supposedly made by one of the attendees which is translated in English:

Beginning of credit:

‘‘(He) then announced the ‘‘death’’ of Penetrant Testing which would be replaced by Magnetic Particle Testing within 3 to 5 years.’’

End of credit.

We may guess that the entire statement has not been reported. Indeed, Magnetic Particle Testing on titanium or aluminium, materials widely used in aeronautics, would be a revolution ... which would deserve its author the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Too few papers dealing with PT/MT?

As young retirees, hence no longer with any financial link with companies which use or companies which manufacture/supply PT/MT products/equipments, contrary to wage earners in these same companies, we enjoy the untold privilege to be able to tell what we want with a total freedom and as independent people.

Nobody to censor our papers or to prevent us from publishing. So we would be wrong if we were not using this opportunity!

We are even happy to get from some readers a "go forward!" sign-post quite rare in these times of "political correctness", even when they do not share our point of view. That's why we use this freedom on a large scale on our Website (*) ... since April 2008.

We have written about new topics, or we pointed out some problems, that people completely involved in the day-to-day professional life cannot talk about.

When reading many European and US journals we are surprised so few papers talk about PT or MT while there is an excess of papers about UT or ET (not about extraterrestrial entity; this is the standardised abbreviation for Eddy Current Testing. We are close to think that for some ET people and for many academics, PT is so peculiar, so "obsolete", that "extraterrestrial" could be an adjective that come to their minds when they see PT users!)

Obviously we are not the alone people to lament about such a situation. For instance during the ASNT Spring Conference held in Saint-Louis (Missouri) PT/MT Committee, Bill MOOZ told the PT/MT meeting attendance, on March 16, 2009 that, as an Associated Technical Editor of the Materials Evaluation journal, he would like to see more technical papers dealing with Penetrant Testing in this ASNT Journal.

We are in contact with Engineers well known in PT/MT area and, up to now, we got only one technical contribution for publishing: it was about the ISO 9934-2:2002 Type 2 reference block (**). All the other engineers who have been approached told us that time is a golden wealth they cannot share.

This is another proof that computers cannot do everything: writing a good paper is only 10% creative thinking and 90% efforts! Nothing really changed since the time when a paper was hand-written even if nowadays, yes, it's easier to use a word processor on a computer.

Coming back to us, with a consistency close to that of a metronome, every month our website is enriched with an issue of the DPCNewsletter, with a technical paper, an "Oldies but Goodies" short story and sometimes, when needed, an editorial.

Added to the conference we will present in Moscow (***) it is likely that one of our papers will be published next year in Materials Evaluation. This paper should be of some interest for the entire NDT world.

Writing the paper you are reading we are happy to already have "in our basket" something as 30 papers, which should help us make our Website alive for the next two years at least! We will even try to have some of them published in Materials Evaluation or in other journals.

Let us hope your readings will be useful and ... good cheer!

Once again thank you for your faithfulness.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 May 2011 17:02 )