We have more than 25 years of experience in providing Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection services, mechanical and destructive testing, and delivering creative solutions to all types of companies in the UK and abroad. Our teams have worked with credible organisations such as Sellafield, AWE, Altrad, LLW Repository, Exon Mobil, ABB, Jacobs, and more.
We employ a personal and consultative approach, understanding your current and future challenges, and offer a bespoke solution, that will grow and adapt to your company's needs.
Since we are entirely independent we are able to match our customers’ needs with the most appropriate solution allowing delivery of unrivaled service.
One of our core strengths is adopting new technologies emerging in the NDT and inspection and testing market.
Our difference is simple – we offer the best products, services, and prices with total peace of mind.
Our Mechanical testing laboratory offers an unrivaled testing service that can quickly and efficiently witness, machine, and destructively test your components, joints, products, and other items.
The techniques available cover everything from non-destructive testing such as dye penetrant, radiography, ultrasonics, and magnetic particle testing to chemical analysis and positive material identification using OES, Charpy, Tensile, or Hardness testing of materials.
Our mechanical testing team can tailor the perfect destructive testing method or combination of tests to ensure the absolute integrity of your components, materials, and products.
What we can deliver?
Responsive facilities are equipped and staffed to provide a range of expert services to the engineering, decommissioning, and materials sectors including
- NDT, MT, PT, UT and RT
- Charpy Testing up to 300J
- Tensile Testing up to 600Kn
- Compression Testing up to 60 Tonne
- Macro Testing
- Fracture and Bend tests
- Optical Emission Spectrometry (OES) Positive Material Identification
- X-Ray Fluorescence Positive Material Identification
And, if you need something different, please speak to one of our team as we should still be able to help.
Products & Services
Ultrasonic testing is a non-destructive testing method used to detect flaws in materials like welds, castings and forgings. It works by sending high-frequency sound waves through the material and measuring the time it takes for the waves to be reflected back. Any flaws in the material will cause the waves to be reflected back sooner, allowing them to be detected.
Ultrasonic testing is often used to check welds for defects such as cracks, porosity, and lack of fusion. It is also used to inspect castings and forgings for internal defects such as shrinkage, inclusions, and porosity. The testing is done by placing a transducer that sends and receives sound waves. The results are then displayed on a screen and can be used to identify any flaws in the material.
Ultrasonic testing is a reliable and cost-effective method for detecting flaws in welds, castings and forgings. It is also a fast and accurate way to inspect a wide range of materials. The testing can be done quickly and easily, and it can be used to detect flaws that are not visible to the naked eye.
Ultrasonic testing is an invaluable tool for ensuring the quality and safety of materials used in a variety of industries.
Dye Penetrant Testing DPI
Whether in house using our penetrant line or out on site Responsive can carry out Penetrant inspection in-line with qualified procedures.
Our technicians are qualified to at least PCN Level 2.
We offer all forms of penetrant inspection including both colour contrast and fluorescent consumables.
We have a history of successful work for many clients on ranging projects including Nuclear, Petrochemical, shipbuilding ad more.
Learn About Penetrant Testing, What is it?
Dye penetrant inspection, also commonly referred to as liquid penetrant inspection or penetrant testing, is a popular nondestructive testing (NDT) and evaluation technique used to detect surface flaws on components used in the aerospace, power generation, military, construction and manufacturing industries, among others. This NDT technique can even be used in geology and archaeology because it is gentle on a variety of materials.
Dye penetrant inspection can be applied to many different materials and substances including but not limited to metals, ceramics, plastics, glass and rubber. Because the penetrant or dye is intended to seep and soak into surface defects, this form of inspection is best reserved for non-porous objects. The inspection should be performed by properly trained and qualified inspectors upon a flat and clean surface in a carefully controlled environment to obtain the best results.
Penetrant testing highlights flaws that are open to the surface of the object being tested, defects that are often too small, too slight or too difficult to see during a routine visual inspection. The types of surface flaws that can be detected with dye penetrant inspection include hairline cracks, pitting, leaks, unintended porosity, fatigue, scratches, pin holes, seams and lack of fusion along welds or bonds.
Dye penetrant inspection can be performed with fluorescent dye or “visible dye,” the latter of which is typically red in color (so it will contrast sharply with the white developer that is applied after the dye). This type of inspection can be conducted inside a dedicated inspection facility or out in the field, which allows for greater flexibility when testing operational components that are currently in service. In addition to portability and convenience, another reason why liquid penetrant inspection is so popular is it can be used on items as small as bearings that fit in your hand or as large as power plant turbines. The dye or penetrant can be sprayed on when testing the surface of a large object.
Penetrant testing is great for machined surfaces, pipework, casting, forging and welding. Some common welding defects that can be revealed using dye penetrant inspection include undercuts, underfills, slag inclusions, tungsten inclusions, pin holes and more. Penetrant testing can locate fatigue flaws at connection points between components, grinding cracks, impact fractures, unintended seams, and other problems.
Dye penetrant inspection begins with a cleaning to remove contaminants that might generate false positive results. For example, the metal smearing that can occur during machining or grinding must be removed; other substances that must be removed include paint, oils, finishes, dirt, dust and grit. Next the dye or penetrant is applied and allowed to soak in for 5 to 30 minutes, a time period referred to as “dwell time.” (If surface flaws are minuscule, a longer dwell time might be required for the dye to penetrate properly.)
Next, excess dye is cleaned off and a liquid or powder developer is applied. The developer creates a light or white background which makes the dyed defects easier to spot. The dye is said to “bleed out” as the developer draws the dye forward. At this stage the inspector will document any flaws and note their size, position, orientation and type. When the inspection is completed, the object is cleaned to remove any traces of developer or penetrant.
Although this form of nondestructive testing has many advantages, it is not appropriate for all situations. When product or component defects are located deeper within and do not reach the surface of the item being inspected, another form of nondestructive evaluation is required. Also, it is important to select a penetrant and a developer that is appropriate for the specific type of material being inspected to avoid accidental damage and to generate accurate results.