The industry’s leading UT technique development software BeamTool continues to be developed and improved with the release of BeamTool 9. Successful inspections start with a plan and BeamTool makes it easy to model, validate and document your Phased Array, TOFD and Conventional Ultrasonic inspection plans with confidence.

Easy to use and powerful, BeamTool has continued to evolve and provide tools to improve proficiency and accuracy of ultrasonic inspections. From technicians in the field, to researchers and authors, BeamTool provides the indispensable toolset for the NDT industry.

Also Added and Enhanced:

  • PAUT Beamset Quality Assessment
  • Simulation Add-On Improvements including S-Scan rendering
  • Conventional Probes now have a “Both” sound mode like the Phased Array Beamsets
  • Conventional now has a “Skip off Weld” Mode
  • Hot Keys to suspend snapping and other (save, open…)
  • Indication positioning handles in Top View
  • Highlighted Beam is displayed in 3D
Piping or Curved Calibration Blocks are now supported in the standard calibration block designer included with BeamTool 9. Add notches in the circumferential plane and the curvature will be respected. Generate drawings that can be supplied to a machine shop. Vertical FBH’s and Through Holes are now supported for both flat and curved calibration blocks.

BeamTool can help you choose an appropriate rendering region for an FMC inspections (currently only available for contact FMC inspections) by plotting a Quality Map, which roughly quantifies the resolution and image intensity of reflectors positioned with respect to the probe aperture. This map roughly quantifies the quality of focus for each pixel point in the chosen rendering region by computing the effective "Numerical Aperture", defined as sine of half of the angle between the first and last beams covering the pixel. The concept of numerical aperture comes from microscopy and represents the angular coverage of a focal point. A low numerical aperture value implies that energy is not effectively focused at a particular point leading to poor resolution and low image intensity, whereas a high numerical aperture value means that energy is highly focused leading to high resolution and high image intensity.

New to BeamTool 9 is the ability to import supported NDT data directly into the workspace! View and scroll through the data either as is, or folded along the soundpath. Apply an Alpha Threshold to the data to remove noise and low amplitude signals. The Olympus NDT data Access Library is required to do this and can be download from their site by following this link: NDT Data Access Library 32bit

BeamTool now helps you to select the correct range of angles for Phased Array inspections by displaying the energy associated with each beam defined within a beamset. Low energy beams will be difficult to calibrate and require a large amount of gain to be properly normalized. Beams above 50% of the maximum possible transmitted energy are shown as green, between 10% - 50% shown as orange and below 10% are shown as red. The calculated energies take into account the directivity of the probe elements, the transmission coefficient between the wedge and the piece, as well as the reflection coefficients for each skip within the piece.

The Clad Layer in BeamTool is now Inset so that it is drawn in line with the weld bevel.

BeamTool can now import CAD Drawings with Splines.

AOD and COD profiled wedges can now be configured and pinned to your Circumferential and Axial Pieces.

For multi-beam beamsets, you can highlight a single beam and also view its focal law delays.

Weld region parameters can be separately configured for the left and right side of the weld bevel.

A clad layer can now be added to a plate, T, axial or circumferential piece configuration.

BeamTool now supports the rotation of probes around the vertical axis.

Indications/defects can be moved and resized by dragging them on the canvas.

When both compression and shear paths are displayed, you can now color each sound mode independently.

The Linear Spread beamset now supports Compound-S mode which allows specifying the angle step between each successive beam.

The weld can now be a different material than the rest of the piece. For the sound paths to be affected by the alternate material, "Reflect off Weld" must be chosen in the Beamset configuration.

BeamTool now supports tracing sound paths in 3 dimensions.

The backing bar can be inset, and is now available for Axial pieces.

It is now possible to customize which sound modes are displayed at each interface reflection/refraction. This can help when the various sound modes become too cluttered.

A J bevel can be created in root to create a double J weld bevel.