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The Institute of Nuclear Physics

Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The Scientific and Technical Center of Non-Destructive Testing Methods (NDT STC) was established in 2003. The main purpose of the Center was the non-destructive testing of equipment and pipelines, subject to the valid Atomic Energy Rules and Regulations. During Soviet times, the activities of nuclear power facilities, as well as training and certification of the specialists was carried out centrally. In the post-Soviet period, the former Republics of the Soviet Union faced a difficult task of self-development and maintaining a high level of the nuclear industry safety. In this regard, there was a demand in Kazakhstan to establish a unit capable to organize the testing, technical inspection and certification of the NDT- specialists.

A great assistance in establishment and provision of modern equipment for NDT STC was provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the British program “Nuclear Closed Centers» (CNCP). Under their support the equipment was supplied for radiographic, ultrasonic, capillary, magnetic particle inspection, as well as the equipment for destructive testing. Within the framework of IAEA and CNCP projects the specialists have been trained at high qualification levels in the international centers of non-destructive testing (England, Canada, Russia).

Currently, NDT STC performs commercial work in the following areas:

  • Training and certification of non-destructive testing specialists in accordance with the requirements of national and international standards;
  • Quality control, testing of base metal and welded joints (visual, radiographic, capillary, ultrasonic testing, mechanical testing, metallography, chemical analysis, corrosion testing);
  • Development of methods for non-destructive testing;
  • Monitoring the state of corrosive wear of the aboveground part of pipelines at LIRA facilities;
  • Quality control of sealed sources of ionizing radiation.

In addition to commercial activities, the NDT STC carries out research work on Scientific and technical programs. Within the framework of the Programs, studies are carried out to study the effect of operational loads and operating time on the condition of welded joints and base metal in order to develop new methods for monitoring structures and equipment of industrial facilities of increased danger. Also, periodically, work is carried out to control welded joints, the base metal of pipelines and the tank of the apparatus of the WWR-K research reactor.

The works have been performed on the topic “Development of the technique to assess the risk of the stress-strain state of pipeline materials in the nuclear plants by the method based on magnetic-mechanical anisotropy of metals” with the support of JSC “Fund of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan” in the framework of the grant for fundamental research. At present, this method is used for the rapid assessment of the state of pipelines of the nuclear reactor WWR-K and LIRA facilities.

Head of NDT STC
Yevgeniy Yermakov
Ph.D., level III (VT, PT, RT)

Tel: + 8 (727)386-68-42
Fax: +8 (727) 386-52-60
E-mail: ermakov@inp.kz

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