Novosound honoured for product innovation

Novosound, a leading ultrasonic company based in Scotland, has announced it has won its first international honour at the 2021 Materials Performance Corrosion Innovation of the
Year awards.

Organised by the Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), Novosound received the award in the Testing category for its revolutionary Belenus ultrasound sensor, which provides corrosion monitoring across a variety of structures and environments in a range of industries. Manufactured using its patented, thin-film technology, the Belenus is the world’s first corrosion monitoring sensor that can operate completely soaked in high-temperature atmospheres
up to 400°C for extended periods of time.

By providing highly accurate and real-time corrosion data from remote and inaccessible locations, the Belenus enables power plant, refining, processing, and manufacturing facility owners and operators to detect corrosion in metal pipework and structures early and reliably. This facilitates improved maintenance planning and increases operational efficiency, as corrosion issues can be actioned and mitigated before unexpected failures occur.

Dr Claire Thring, Application Specialist for the sensor, said: “The current limitations of ultrasound probes can be traced back to the core rigid, ceramic, sensor materials used in manufacturing, but by using the patented, flexible, core thin-film material, the Belenus can conform to any surface curvature, and  coupled with its compact size – roughly the size of a car key fob – allows it to be fitted to a range of structures including pipes, storage tanks and pressure vessels, enabling 24/7 asset monitoring.

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