Coal Pulverizer Ops and Training: Attend our upcoming B&W Roll Wheel™ Pulverizer Seminar in Akron, OH. Reserve Your Seat Now!

Learn more



Condition Assessment & Laboratory Services

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.

Learn More About Our Condition Assessment And Laboratory Services

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:

  • FST-Gage® for continuous UT thickness mapping
  • NOTIS® superheater and reheater tube testing
  • Phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT)
  • Time of flight diffraction (TOFD)
  • Ultrasonic thickness (UT) measurements
  • Wet fluorescent magnetic particle testing (WFMT)
  • Dye penetrant testing (PT)
  • Hone & Glow® for bore hole ligament cracking
  • Video borescope inspection
  • Visual inspections
  • Metallurgical surface replications
  • Laboratory analyses

Condition Assessment Ron Pon Babcock Wilcox

Condition Assessment Package Boilers Babcock Wilcox

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

Condition Assessment Babcock Wilcox

Laboratory Services Babcock Wilcox

Laboratory Services

As an integral part of B&W’s complete boiler aftermarket service offerings, our in-house laboratory boiler component testing services provide much more than just numbers. Our skilled lab analysts and expert boiler engineers can determine the reasons for a tube failure, help predict future problems that may arise, and provide guidance and recommendations for long-range asset planning, all from one source.

With a wide range of laboratory boiler testing services available, we can provide a complete diagnosis and treatment plan for your critical steam generating assets.

Check out our latest article on Assessing Structural Integrity and Remaining Life of Boiler Tubing in our Learning Center.

Our laboratory services include:

  • Failure analysis
  • Chemical cleaning qualification
  • Remaining life assessment
  • Heat treatment evaluations
  • Dimensional analysis
  • Hardness
  • Microhardness
  • Metallographic evaluation
  • Microscopic evaluation
  • Surface roughness measurements
  • Deposit weight density (DWD)
  • ASTM testing
    • A-262 Susceptibility of Stainless Steels to IGA
    • G-28 Susceptibility of Ni-Cr Alloys to IGA
    • G-48 Pitting and Crevice Corrosion Behavior
    • G-78 Crevice Corrosion Behavior in Cl Solutions
    • G-108 Sensitization of 304SS using EPR
  • Electrochemical evaluations
  • Chemical analysis (metals)
  • SEM-EDS evaluation
  • Tensile testing
  • Deposit chemical analysis
  • Fracture toughness evaluation