Can We Use Magnetic Particle Testing to Test Stainless Steel?

27 March 2018


 March 27, 2018
Category: Blog

Is It Possible to Test Stainless Steel with Magnetic Particle Testing?

The short answer to the question of whether we can test stainless steel with magnetic particle testing is no, we can’t. There are various reasons for this. Put simply, stainless steel is simply not magnetic enough. Stainless steel can’t be inspected by magnetic particle testing as we aren’t able to induce a magnetic field on the stainless steel. Due to this, the material remains non-magnetic.

However, keep in mind that it is only austenitic stainless steels that aren’t capable of magnetisation. Ferritic stainless steels are actually ferromagnetic. If you aren’t certain, merely apply a small permanent magnet to the test piece, and it will reveal whether the stainless steel is either ferritic or austenitic. The three elements that are ferromagnetic are cobalt, nickel and iron.

Who Should You Turn to for Expert Magnetic Particle Testing?

It can be tough finding a service provider capable of delivering the expert magnetic particle testing solutions you’re after, but it doesn’t need to be. When you know what to look for, your search already becomes much easier. To start separating the wheat from the chaff, and to choose the best service provider available, make sure that your prospective MPT company has been around a while. This is perhaps one of the best measures against which to weigh a company’s readiness to provide you with this crucial service.

A company that’s been around a good few years is likelier to be a quality service provider, and can meet your company’s needs. Also ensure that they adhere to industry best practice, and are registered with the relevant industry professional bodies and watchdogs. These are all indications that you are dealing with true industry professionals who are vested in providing you with the great service you would expect from them.

Work with UltraScan for Expert Magnetic Particle Testing

For many years, we’ve been leading the industry forward in expert magnetic particle testing and other non-destructive testing services. We continue working hard to far exceed all expectations placed on us, and to drive our industry forward in cutting edge innovation. Since 1982, we’ve worked with companies of all shapes and sizes from sectors as vast as oil and gas, power generation, petro-chemical, mining and general engineering, among many others.

Our team performs all QA/QC inspection, and non-destructive testing services requested by our clients in accordance with internationally recognised specification codes. Our team is always at hand to provide you with the dependable service you need to make an informed business decision. If you would like to learn more about us, what we do, and how we can be of benefit to you, then contact us today. We look forward to working with you.

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