Ultrasonic pulse velocity testers find widespread applications in research organizations dealing in material science and other construction relevant non-destructive processes of ultrasonic material testing. These devices are widely utilized in the building construction and manufacturing sectors.
The demand for ultrasonic pulse velocity testers, by the end of 2019, is estimated to grow at a steady rate of more than 5%, as reported in a recent study by Future Market insights on the global ultrasonic pulse velocity tester market. Widespread application of ultrasonic pulse velocity is being used to test the quality of concrete or natural rocks in terms of non-destructive strength measurement, void and crack detection, homogeneity detection, and elasticity among others.
Void and Crack Detection Witnesses Higher Use in Testing Building Materials
The demand for void and crack detection ultrasonic pulse velocity tester processes is anticipated to grow at a robust growth of nearly 7%, particularly in North America, owing to the presence of numerous building materials, glass and concrete production businesses in the region, along with faster access to new innovations in the technology.
Constant improvements in the field of electronics and the application of ultrasonic waves in medical diagnostics have resulted in the widening scope of this technique. Void and crack detection through an ultrasonic pulse velocity test allows welding and geometry inspections for difficult to inspect areas. This can be attributed to its superlative ability of accurately detecting miniscule defects, in an automated and rapid procedure, with access to only a single surface of the object, without causing any destructive damage to the structure.
Innovations in computer software and three dimensional modeling, along with the introduction of transducer phased arrays and robotics created avenues for faster high resolution flaw identification imagery. Ultrasonic pulse velocity tester are overcoming limitations such as the reliance of couplants, and material handling systems through the use of combinations with water baths to integrate ultrasonic testing for inspection in production lines.
Infrastructure and Construction Applications Create New Opportunities
Infrastructure and construction testing through ultrasonic pulse velocity tests is projected to account for nearly 18% of the revenue share with notable growth in the terms of applications by the end of 2019. One of the recent innovations in the field is the generation of self-healing properties of concrete.
The successful application of this product is anticipated to revolutionize the construction industry, with drastic reduction of maintenance costs. Moreover, the development of self-healing concrete is based on research, on the basis of ultrasonic pulse velocity testing principles.
With the current research on self-healing innovations for concrete, there is an increasing need to create methods that enable the accurate evaluation, where any relative change in the building material’s characteristics, arising from the self-healing process will be evaluated through measurements of ultrasound waves, and related non-destructive methods, through cross and surface probing processes. This is anticipated to significantly boost the applications and demand for ultrasonic pulse velocity testing machines.
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