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Nondestructive Testing for the Military and Defense Industry

Defending the national interest requires the use of sophisticated artillery, technologies and equipment. These defense systems are subject to a high degree of stress whether they are missile systems, or the jets and naval vessels that launch those systems. A flaw or weak spot caused by corrosion or wear can cause a critical component to fail and damage a serious investment. Nondestructive testing (NDT) for the military and defense industry is an indispensable part of fielding and maintaining these systems.

Nondestructive testing for the military is widespread and essential. It ranges from relatively straightforward NDT such as ultrasonic testing of welds aboard naval vessels to the testing of complex aerospace components that combine metals and composite materials. In either case, the safety of the sailors, soldiers, marines, and airmen who operate these systems depends on regularly performed military NDT.

Zetec has been a leading designer and manufacturer of ultrasonic and eddy current NDT equipment for more than 50 years. In that time Zetec has provided industry-leading NDT support solutions aiding maintenance and manufacturing for the military and the defense industry that develops military systems.

Military and Defense NDT Resources and Application Notes

In order to better illustrate the role of NDT in the military, we’ve prepared an overview of NDT publications that apply to military systems. Military systems run the gamut from small but critical elements such as aerospace control rod ends to large and equally critical systems like nuclear power plants aboard ships. Learn more about these NDT applications by reviewing the publications below which have been categorized by industry—aerospace, naval, and ground vehicles and ordinance applications:

Aerospace

Naval

Product Recommendations for Military NDT and Defense Industry Applications 

To help you find the right NDT equipment for military and defense systems use we have compiled a list of common military NDT needs and made recommendations of the Zetec equipment and instrumentation that best fulfills each need. If you need a solution for a testing application that is not listed below, contact our team of experts to learn more about the solutions Zetec offers.

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Aerospace | Naval | Ground Vehicles and Ordinance

Application

NDT Technology

Product Recommendation(s)

Aerospace

Metal Components
Crack Detection Eddy Current MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld

Surf-X Flexible Array Probes
Direct Conductivity Measurement Eddy Current MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld
Conductivity or Permeability Changes of Ferrous or Nonferrous Materials – Alloy Sorting Eddy Current MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld
Conductive Coating Thickness Measurement Eddy Current MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld
Nonconductive Coating Thickness Measurement Eddy Current InSite Instrument
Rivet Boundary Wear Inspection Eddy Current MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld
Plate Thickness Measurement Eddy Current & Ultrasound MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld

InSite Instrument

TOPAZ Family of Instruments

NDT Sweeper Scanner

NDT PaintBrush Scanner
Delamination Detection of Coating Ultrasound TOPAZ Family of Instruments

NDT Sweeper Scanner

NDT PaintBrush Scanner
Metal Airframe and Fuselage
Fastener Row Inspection Eddy Current & Ultrasound MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld

TOPAZ Family of Instruments

FlexTrack Scanner
Skin Lap Joints Eddy Current & Ultrasound MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld

TOPAZ Family of Instruments

FlexTrack Scanner
Butt Joints Eddy Current & Ultrasound MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld

Surf-X Flexible Array Probes

TOPAZ Family of Instruments

FlexTrack Scanner
Multilayer Structures
Corrosion Eddy Current & Ultrasound MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld

Surf-X Flexible Array Probes

TOPAZ Family of Instruments

NDT Sweeper Scanner

NDT PaintBrush Scanner
Skin Cracks Eddy Current MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld

Surf-X Flexible Array Probes
Fastener Cracks Eddy Current MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld

Surf-X Flexible Array Probes
Lap-Joint Edges Eddy Current MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld

Surf-X Flexible Array Probes
Bolt Hole
Fastener in Place – Surface Probe Crack Detection (External) Eddy Current MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld
Fastener Removed – Rotating Scan Crack Detection (Internal) Eddy Current MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld

ZM-5 Rotating Scanner
Wheels and Landing Gear Legs
Bead Seat Early Crack Detection Eddy Current MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld
Crack Detection Eddy Current MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld
Void Detection in Cast Eddy Current MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld
Engine/Engine Attachment/Pylon
Crack Detection in Turbine Blade Eddy Current & Ultrasound MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld

Surf-X Flexible Array Probes

TOPAZ Family of Instruments

QuartZ Scalable Instrument
Void Detection in Turbine Core Eddy Current & Ultrasound MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld

Surf-X Flexible Array Probes

TOPAZ Family of Instruments

QuartZ Scalable Instrument
Composite
Delamination Detection Ultrasound TOPAZ Family of Instruments

NDT Sweeper Scanner

NDT PaintBrush Scanner
Fiber Density Variations Ultrasonic TOPAZ Family of Instruments

Zircon Rugged Instrument

QuartZ Scalable Instrument
Volumetric Assessment of Stress and Damage Conditions Ultrasonic TOPAZ Family of Instruments

NDT Sweeper Scanner

NDT PaintBrush Scanner
Porosity Assessment Ultrasonic TOPAZ Family of Instruments

Zircon Rugged Instrument

QuartZ Scalable Instrument
Void and Foreign Material Detection Ultrasonic TOPAZ Family of Instruments

NDT Sweeper Scanner

NDT PaintBrush Scanner
Honeycomb
Adhesive Bond Quality Ultrasonic TOPAZ Family of Instruments

NDT Sweeper Scanner

NDT PaintBrush Scanner
Weld Inspection of Submarine Shell Ultrasound TOPAZ Family of Instruments
Corrosion Inspection Ultrasound TOPAZ Family of Instruments

NDT Sweeper Scanner

NDT PaintBrush Scanner
Aircraft Carrier Inspections Eddy Current and Ultrasound MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld

MIZ-200

TOPAZ Family of Instruments
Impact Damage Eddy Current and Ultrasound MIZ-21C - Affordable and advanced handheld

MIZ-200

TOPAZ Family of Instruments
Steam Generator Tubes for Nuclear Powered Submarines Eddy Current MIZ-200

MIZ-80iD
Heat Exchanger Tubes for Submarines and Aircraft Carriers Eddy Current MIZ-200

MIZ-80iD

RevospECT HX Pro Software

Ground Vehicles and Ordinance

Variations of Material Mix Eddy Current Insite Ht & CT Instruments
Crack and Flaw Detection Eddy Current Insite Ht & CT Instruments

MIZ-200
Thread and Feature Verification Eddy Current Insite Ht & CT Instruments
Assembly Verification Eddy Current Insite Ht & CT Instruments

The reliability of military equipment depends on high-level quality control during manufacturing using NDT. Likewise, the dependability of these systems during both combat exercises and actual combat depends on the rigorous performance of ultrasonic and eddy current testing NDT equipment to ensure components remain within specification, and any replacements are free of flaws. 

Zetec takes pride in providing effective and portable non-destructive testing equipment for the military and defense industry. To learn more about NDT for defense, contact Zetec today!