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Soon after the discovery of X-rays, radioactivity was discovered.


gamma ray radiography By using radioactive sources such as radiumfar higher photon energies could be obtained than those from normal X-ray generators. Soon these found various applications, with one of the earliest users being Loughborough College.

Industrial radiography

After World War II new isotopes such as caesiumiridium and cobalt became available for industrial gamma ray radiography, and the use of radium and radon decreased. This section does not cite any sources.

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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. April Inspection of products[ edit ] A portable wireless controlled battery powered X-ray generator for use in non-destructive testing and security. Gamma radiation sources, most commonly iridium and cobalt, are used to inspect a variety of materials.

The vast majority of radiography concerns the testing and grading of welds on pressurized piping, pressure vessels, high-capacity storage containers, pipelines, and some gamma ray radiography welds.

Other tested materials include concrete locating rebar or conduitwelder's test couponsmachined parts, plate metal, or pipewall locating anomalies due to corrosion or mechanical damage. Non-metal components such as ceramics used in the aerospace industries are also gamma ray radiography tested.

Theoretically, industrial radiographers could radiograph any solid, flat material walls, ceilings, floors, square or rectangular containers or any hollow cylindrical or spherical object. Inspection of welds[ edit ] The beam of radiation must be directed to the middle of the section under examination and must be normal to the material surface at that point, except in special techniques gamma ray radiography known defects are best revealed by a different alignment of the beam.

The specimen gamma ray radiography be inspected is placed between the source of radiation and the detecting device, usually the film in a light tight gamma ray radiography or cassette, and the radiation is allowed to penetrate the part for the required length of time to be adequately recorded.

The result is a two-dimensional projection of the part onto the film, producing a latent image of varying densities according to the amount of radiation reaching each area.

It is known as a radio graph, as distinct from a photograph produced by light.

Industrial radiography - Wikipedia

Because gamma ray radiography is cumulative in its response the exposure increasing as it absorbs more radiationrelatively weak radiation can be detected by prolonging the exposure until the film can record an image that will be visible after gamma ray radiography.

The radiograph is examined as a negativewithout printing as a positive as in photography.


Gamma ray radiography is because, in printing, some of the detail is always lost and no useful purpose is served. Before commencing a radiographic examination, it is always advisable to examine the component with one's own eyes, to eliminate any possible external defects.

If the surface of a weld is too irregular, it may be desirable to grind it to obtain a gamma ray radiography finish, but this is likely to be limited to those cases in which the surface irregularities which will be visible on the radio graph may make detecting internal defects difficult.

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After this visual examination, the operator will have a clear idea of the possibilities of access to the two faces of the weld, which is important both for the setting up of the gamma ray radiography and for the choice of the most appropriate technique.

Defects such as delaminations and planar cracks are difficult to detect using radiography, particularly to the untrained eye. Without overlooking the negatives of gamma ray radiography inspection, Radiography does hold many significant benefits over ultrasonics, particularly insomuch that as a 'picture' is produced keeping a semi permanent record for the life cycle of the film, more accurate identification of the defect can be made, and by more interpreters.

Very important as most construction standards permit some level of defect acceptance, depending on the type and size of the defect. To the trained Radiographer, subtle variations in visible film density provide the technician the ability to not only accurately locate a defect, but identify its type, size and location; an interpretation that can be physically reviewed and confirmed by others, possibly eliminating the need for expensive and unnecessary repairs.


For purposes of inspection, including weld inspectionthere exist several exposure arrangements. This exposure is created when the radiographer places the source of radiation gamma ray radiography the center of a sphere, cone, or cylinder including tanks, vessels, and piping.