Apparatus and method for testing weld integrity

  • US 7,284,447 B2
  • Filed: 01/31/2005
  • Issued: 10/23/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/12/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus for non-destructively testing the weld strength and integrity of at least one weld when desired comprising:

  • a framework including at least two pieces;

    at least one fluid containing cylinder, for moving a piston therein inwardly and outwardly as fluid is moved out of or into the cylinder, respectively;

    an attachment structure for attaching to a pad eye or any device to be tested;

    a base;

    said base including a clamp;

    said at least one fluid containing cylinder attached to said clamp;

    at least one bracket; and

    said at least one bracket being releasably attached to said pad eye;

    whereby moving fluid into said at least one fluid cylinder causes said piston to move outwardly, thereby pushing the bracket upward, thereby creating tension on the pad eye, thereby testing the integrity of the weld.

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