Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) is an important tool for detecting defects inside test objects without compromising their future operability. NDT methods play an important role in product quality control and assurance programs, used in all stages of the manufacturing process and product life cycle. ​

NDT is the process of checking an object’s uniformity and continuity using physical methods without affecting the use of the object.

Formed and developed in the early twentieth century, NDT has become an important tool and also an essential content in most public quality assurance and control (QA/QC) programs. profession today. The quality, safety and reliability of many products and items from the oil and gas industry, chemicals, mechanical engineering… to energy production (especially nuclear) are always associated with applications. using NDT. Currently, many prestigious organizations in the world such as ASME, AWS, EN, ISO, DNV, … and other countries have issued and completed many sets of Codes and Standards for manufacturing, operation and maintenance. industry and is widely used. Around the world, for example in the United States, the Technical Codes have a dedicated section that requires and describes NDT methods, such as ASME BPV Code, or AWS D1.1, D1.5, etc.

In Vietnam, RMB has been put into application since the 60s of the twentieth century. Along with the country’s innovation and international integration, NDT technologies and techniques from traditional to modern in the world have been introduced and popularly applied in all key industries of the country. nation. Currently, NDT has become an unfamiliar profession in society and is gradually playing an important role in ensuring the quality of each project.


Survey at Phu My Fertilizer Plant

In the new requirements of the application of NDT in the period of rapid development and application of scientific achievements as well as on the threshold of the 4.0 revolution, not only the field of NDT application in Vietnam is facing that is :

  • The lag in quality infrastructure: standards, technology, equipment, human resources, organizations, …
  • Requirements for global integration, competition and division of labor.
  • Requirements and challenges in quality assurance and control

However, before the wave of the 4th industrial revolution caused a great change in inspection and production methods, the convergence between physical applications and digital applications resulted in many devices and equipment. advanced method. Therefore, Vietnamese NDT in general has conditions to access and apply new techniques, and at the same time have the opportunity to go deeper into industries around the world with many job opportunities.


Working with SGS Company to assess the capacity of service implementation facilities

With the goal of bringing NDT technology and technology research and development into Vietnam to meet the strictest and highest level of safety assurance and quality control requirements, first of all, applicable to industrial production, construction to create and develop potential from infrastructure, equipment, quality human resources… ready for the nuclear power program in the future.

Over the years, Vinatom’s member units have been promoting the main areas of activity including:

  • Research, learn and develop testing technologies and techniques
  • Training and developing human resources experts, NDT specialists not only for units in Vinatom but also for most units and organizations nationwide.
  • Consulting, technology transfer and supporting implementation activities in choosing the right solutions, standards and techniques.
  • Applying NDT in a key way for important projects (electricity, petrochemical refining, construction works, …) with the leading application and popularization of high technologies.

Typically with advanced technologies such as:

+ Digital radiographic imaging (DIR) with significantly reduced radiation dose and excellent image quality combined with the support of digitization technology in inspection applications, measuring pipe wall thickness, detecting defects under the insulation layer in oil and chemical refineries.


Checking Radiographic Imaging at An Khe Thermal Power Plant

+ Eddy current method (ECT) checks and detects defects inside tens of thousands of tubes of heat exchanger systems, condensers of thermal power plants.

The main test data is the basis for building analytical data to evaluate the operating life of each plant.

Prominent are some activities of member units in Vinatom such as:

+ The branch of NDE Center in Ho Chi Minh City, with the support of the International Atomic Energy Commission IAEA, the French road and bridge laboratory LCPC, etc., has conducted many research activities, developed technological processes and deploy and apply NDT techniques for investigation, survey and quality control of construction works.


+ NDE Center is one of the leading organizations in research, application and implementation and is known as the leading organization in Vietnam in the field of NDT human resource development through training, assessment and certified technicians from low to high level in most key industries. NDE is also a leading organization in research, consulting, application and implementation of power plant inspection and maintenance programs nationwide with advanced techniques such as ECT, CR, PAUT…


ECT test at Mong Duong 2 . Thermal Power Plant

Ultrasound examination at Hoang Van Thu Bridge project – Hai Phong

With the investment of the State, the leadership and direction of the superior governing body in the coming time, the member units will continue to conduct research and application activities to maximize their potential, learn about The demand is increasing, diversifying on the one hand, developing the team of experts. Moreover, with careful preparation and proper orientation, each unit is ready for new challenges and opportunities that the change of the world economy brings to meet the tasks in the quality assurance chain. global quantity.