Destructive Weld Testing involves the physical destruction of the friction welded components. A variety of testing methods can be employed to evaluate the weld’s characteristics. We perform these tests on all prototype welds per customer specifications.
Sampling inspections of production welds are performed to:
Closeup of friction weld zone
Identify Integrity Issues
Additional tests may be applied to validate ductility, soundness of welded joints, tensile strength or any presence of slag inclusions or weld quality discontinuities within the entire length of the weld.
Depending on the characteristics requiring inspection, we use various destructive test methods for friction welds:
Threaded Rod Inspection
Cross Sectioned Tube
Ultrasonic inspection is used regularly to ensure weld integrity. This test is performed per customer specifications.
Non-destructive testing also involves inspection of welded components by subjecting them to the required service conditions to determine suitability. These tests are designed to reveal defects that may impair service performance. They will not break or alter the structure or appearance of the friction welded piece.