2D and 3D display system and method for furnace tube inspection

  • US 7,542,874 B2
  • Filed: 06/01/2005
  • Issued: 06/02/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/01/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for displaying inspection data collected from a furnace with a specified physical geometry, wherein said furnace comprises a plurality of tube segments interconnected by a plurality of bends so as to allow stacking of at least a portion of said tube segments, said system comprising:

  • a storage device for storing said inspection data; and

    a computer programmed to;

    partition said inspection data at a plurality of data markers each of which identifies a location of a physical feature of said furnace so as to correlate said inspection data to said physical geometry of said furnace;

    generate a display of at least a portion of said partitioned inspection data arranged to represent said physical geometry of a plurality of said tube segments and enable visual detection of a problem area comprising one or more of said tube segments; and

    wherein said inspection data is collected by one or more devices selected from the following group;

    an ultrasonic transducer, a laser profilometer, and combinations thereof.

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