Software to analyse ultrasonic scanning results

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University of New Brunswick


The nuclear power industry is moving towards automated monitoring systems, which function during normal operation. UNB CNER’s UTPro scanner is designed to search for flaws in active pipe infrastructure of nuclear power plants through ultrasonic waves. The author was tasked with designing software to read the output of the scanner, organize the inputted scans, analyze them, and produce reports based on automated data analysis. While the largest part of the project was straightforward, challenges were found in the development of the algorithms to automatically detect flaws and compare scans, as well as the creative task of designing an interface and reporting structure which was intuitive for the engineers. While the completed software was able to successfully find manually created flaws in pipes for testing purposes, the author was unable to determine how similar its performance was to a trained human technician manually searching for flaws.