Effects of alignment of nearby corrosion pits on MFL

Weihua Mao, Lynann Clapham, David L. Atherton

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Magnetic flux leakage (MFL) obtained during the inspection of oil and gas pipelines has been simulated using 3D finite element analysis. The interaction between nearby corrosion pits has been studied. It is found that the alignment of the pits has significant effects on the absolute values of MFL signals due to its affect on the magnetic flux density distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-116
Number of pages6
JournalNDT and E International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2003



  • Corrosion
  • Finite element
  • Inspection
  • Magnetic flux leakage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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