Fitness For Service procedures are complex, require state-of-the-art analytical, metallurgical, mechanical tests and involve multidisciplinary engineering analyses.
Through a combination of physical testing and the interpretation of the test results, RINA team identify the main damage mechanism under current operating conditions.
Test results can be used for the theoretical calculation of components’ fitness for certain design specifications. Often, the irreversible damage to equipment also calls for an alteration of the original design and production specifications, for example a lower production rate or reduced stress conditions, as per the feasibility of running the equipment.
A wide spectrum of mechanical, corrosion and electrical engineering knowledge and experience enables to offer a broad range of Fitness For Service technical services, from on-site field support and defect assessments to complex finite element simulations to support any condition assessment programme.
Such assessment procedure evaluates the remaining strength of your equipment in its current condition, which may be degraded from its original conditions.
The component of interest may contain flaws or other damage, or it may be subject to more severe operating conditions than the original design anticipated. The typical outcome of a Fitness For Service assessment is a “go/no-go” decision on continued operation or mitigation recommendations.
Common degradation mechanisms include:
Our experience extends over the past 30 years which has enabled us to develop a deep understanding of industry-specific issues and life-limiting damage mechanisms. This enables us to provide the impartial advice valued by our clients across all industry sectors.