Portable X-Ray : Industrial Radiography
Global's commitment of making technological advances in the field of NDE has led to the development and/or enhancements of Technologically Advanced Automated Inspection Systems. The need for a compact and portable X-Ray device in the oil and gas and other industries was found to be needed due to the use of thicker and denser materials. The Betatron portable x-ray is a compact circular electron accelerator producing a high energy directional x-ray beam ideally suited for industrial radiography. It contains no moving parts except small airflow fans, and no circulating liquids, the Betatron portable x-ray is easy to assemble, operate and maintain, and is far less costly than other NDT accelerators such as Linacs.
The Betatron portable x-ray produces industrial radiography of very high contrast, sensitivity and resolution, meeting the tightest inspection standards. It replaces Cobalt-60 Gamma isotope sources, which may not give acceptable quality levels and require costly replenishment.
Radiation levels outside the main beam are low so safe working distances are moderate. After demarcation of dose rate boundaries, the Betatron portable x-ray may be used for industrial radiography applications such as external sites or in fabrication shops with little or no additional shielding.
The Betatron portable x-ray is capable of producing high quality industrial radiography inspections on many items previously thought impractical for NDE. Due to its portability the Betatron portable x-ray can easily be transported and maintained at most any work site. The following is a short list of industrial radiography applications well suited for the Betatron portable x-ray:
Large Forgings, castings, valves, beams, ship's hulls, pressure vessels, engine blocks, billets, thick welds, dense metals, composites, military hardware, munitions/propellants, reinforced concrete buildings and bridges.
The Betatron portable x-ray has been utilized at gas processing facilities to determine the rate or rates of internal erosion/corrosion on heavy walled valves and fittings, up to 12" in thickness, during regular operational hours. This resulted in no down time on behalf of the operator and determined the validity of process components.
Penetrates 12" of steel or 3' of concrete
Only requires a single phase AC supply
Reliable solid state electronic components
Tiny focal spot size provides superb resolution
Automatic exposure dose timing facility
Backscatter very low for personnel safety
Low heat output (water cooling not needed)
Easy to transport, operate and maintain
- Compact, powerful, mobile, versatile
- Output energy selectable up to 6 MeV
Basic Technical Data
- X-Ray output energy selector: 2 to 6 MeV
- Dose rate at 3' (air): 3R (3cGY) per minute
- Focal spot size: .01" x .039"
- Radiation beam spread angle: 26 degrees
- Radiographic sensitivity: down to 0.5%
- AC power input: 110/240v 50/60 Hz
Dimensions and Weights of Principal Modules
- Accelerator: 24" x 16" x 9" 200 lbs.
- Power converter: 24" x 16" x 14" 132 lbs.
- Control panel: 14" x 13" x 8" 15.4 lbs.
- Total system weight with connection cables and accessories (radiation warning alarm unit, and remote dosimeter for automatic film exposure timing) : 419 lbs.