Condition Assessment

A well-planned condition assessment program is essential for the continued availability and reliability of your boiler and associated equipment, as well as the safety of plant personnel. When coupled with an overall plant maintenance strategy, timely condition assessment can provide the basis for long-range asset management and financial planning.
Comprehensive condition assessment services from B&W combine our breadth of available testing techniques with more than 150 years of boiler design and operating experience.
Individual tests as well as complete condition assessment programs are available for most boiler types, including large steam generating systems, two-drum industrial and recovery boilers, and package boilers.

B&W’s comprehensive condition assessment services

Most condition assessment inspections involve a combination of techniques, depending on the specific unit history and operating conditions. B&W offers a wide range of industry-standard nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques in conjunction with our proprietary techniques to offer a customized inspection program, including:

  • Ultrasonic thickness (UT) measurements
  • Metallurgical surface replications
  • Phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT)
  • NOTIS® superheater and reheater tube testing
  • Time of flight diffraction (TOFD)
  • Wet fluorescent magnetic particle testing (WFMT)
  • Dye penetrant testing (PT)
  • Video boroscope inspection
  • Visual inspections
  • Laboratory analysis


From package boilers to large power generating units

B&W’s complete range of condition assessment services includes comprehensive testing throughout the boiler and associated components, including:

  • High temperature headers
  • Low temperature headers
  • Boiler and associated piping
  • Superheater tubes
  • Waterwall tubes
  • Steam drums

In addition to boiler inspections, specialized testing and evaluations are available on environmental equipment, tubular air heaters and spray attemperators, to name a few. B&W service specialists can assist with water chemistry and boiler chemical cleaning, structural evaluations, air heater inspection and maintenance, and the operation and maintenance of coal pulverizers. Our worldwide network of field service engineers provides the experienced technical support you need – whether your equipment was designed by B&W or another manufacturer.

Benefits of B&W’s Condition Assessment Services

  • Remaining useful life calculations based on experience and research - results are accurate and dependable
  • Knowledge of boiler design to identify potential problem areas to inspect - reduces time and cost of inspections and provides more meaningful results
  • Access to OEM material specifications and design standards - reduces time and cost of inspections
  • Onsite project management - frees plant personnel during busy outage seasons
  • Full-scope capabilities can include scaffolding, surface preparation, and repair or replacement - single-source supplier simplifies the project
  • Proven boiler design and operating experience - provides confidence in long-term planning recommendations