Fast, Easy, Open Technique Development
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
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.
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.
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.
The catalog for the High Temp Add-on has been populated with several new Eclipse Scientific HighTemp wedges.
BeamTool was designed to meet the modern operator’s need for speed. Phased array technique development is more complex than that for conventional ultrasonic inspection and as such requires effective tools to help define the inspection approach.
BeamTool’s innovative approach to phased array enables linear, sectorial and an informative reference cursor option to be represented, helping to clearly convey weld coverage, HAZ coverage and probe position, in addition to critical dimensions. The beamset parameters dialog displays a visual representation of the transducer elements that are used to form the beamset.
Beam spread visualization allows you to more accurately see your beamset coverage for a specific dB drop, and near field visualization ensures that any focusing being performed is within the near field. True Depth, Projection and Half Path focus types can be visualized in your workspace and documented in your technique report.
Conventional probes can also be modeled in BeamTool with advanced support for beam spread and near field rendering.
Time-Of-Flight Diffraction support provides tools to visualize and confirm zonal coverage. TOFD techniques can be automatically annotated with cross-over dimensions and dead-zone depiction. Effortlessly define Probe Center Separation (PCS) by selecting the cross-over depth you want and BeamTool automatically positions the probes to target your requirements.
Export Focal Laws
The Export Focal Laws feature added in BeamTool 7 helps users directly import their optimized scan plan into a phased array instrument. Before an inspection, BeamTool helps design phased array inspection plans by laying out the inspection methodology. Potential scanning configurations are modeled and beam directions are identified to ensure full coverage of the desired location is achieved. Once the scanning parameters have been finalized through the scan plan, BeamTool’s focal law calculator calculates the appropriate time delay for excitation of each active array element (focal law) for generation of beams with the specified refraction angles. The calculated focal laws as well as wedge delays are listed in law a file. The law file can be exported from BeamTool 7 and directly imported into a phased array instrument. This allows for immediate inspection with no need for further adjustment in the instrument.
High temperature law files generated with the BeamTool HighTemp Add-on can be used along with high temperature wedges to facilitate phased array inspections at elevated temperatures. This ensures technicians will perform accurate inspection with compensations of temperatures effects on the scan results, leading to accurate indication detection and positioning at elevated temperatures.
Focal Delay Visualization
The Show Elements option for Single Beam Beamsets will now live reflect the focal delays as beam parameters are modified.
Improved and simplified way to configure L and T shape welded components from an easy to use, configurable menu.
Sound Propagation Animation shows how elements firing in a phased array probe constructively form a wave front and how that wave front propagates into the piece.
A powerful educational tool for rendering sound pressure at any point in the field represented by a geometric or bitmap wavefront. Using real field physics the wavefront can be focused, and even steered, by adding a time
Indication drawing sets can now be added to the workspace
Allows users to easily scale images and geometries to precise measurements.
Displays the wavelets for each individual element at a selected time in micro seconds (Single Beamset only).