The Data Collection process utilizes ultrasonic testing to help identify sales opportunities. Ultrasonic thickness gauges have been successfully utilized for nondestructive testing in a variety of industries and scenarios for over 30 years. Some of the larger primary industries currently utilizing ultrasonics are Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Aircraft, Power, Automotive, Structural Engineering, Military, Stamping, and Precision. A large number of industry segments are also utilizing this technology to fulfill their inspection requirements.
The process that The TankSure® Program employs for ultrasonic testing is based on EPA and API standards and guidelines.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and American Petroleum Institute (API) approve ultrasonic testing as a method for determining the integrity of fuel oil storage tanks. While these agencies do not currently regulate home heating oil tanks, rather they regulate larger commercial tanks, the methods they approve are directly applicable to home heating oil tanks. In fact, the applications are identical.
The process that the TankSure® Program employs for ultrasonic testing is based on EPA and API standards and guidelines. The TankSure® Program fulfills all inspection requirements including record keeping and data tracking through the TankSure® Cloud Database. The ultrasonic thickness gauges used for the TankSure® Program inspections are specifically designed for testing home heating oil tanks.
Standards and Guidelines
Dual Element Transducer - The transducer type used by the TankSure® Program is a dual element. This infers that there are two crystals in the transducer, mounted on a roof angle, with a heavily insulated wall separating the two elements. One crystal is used for sending pulses, and the other for receiving the return pulses from the reflections. The insulated wall enables the TS-4 to detect very faint reflections (whispers) from corroded back wall surfaces (pits, flaws, etc.) by assuring silence from the crystal emitting the pulses. The TS-4 will meet Exxon specifications. These are a set of testing procedures, whereby a gauge and transducer combination must be able to successfully locate a series of different diameter flat bottom holes at distances from the surface of the material. This is known in the industry as an Exxon block.