This study evaluated the electromagnetic characteristics of austenitic stainless steel welds from the viewpoint of eddy current testing. Seven welded plate specimens, which were welded using JIS Z3221:2010 YS316L welding metals, were prepared. Two welding metals and several welding conditions were adopted to discuss the generality. The results of eddy current examination of the specimens using three different types of eddy current probes, that is, an absolute pancake probe, a differential plus-point probe, and a uniform eddy current probe, confirmed that the welds cause a large noise especially when the absolute pancake probe was used. The analysis of the signals through finite element simulations revealed that the magnetic property of the welds is not negligible from the viewpoint of eddy current testing. Complementary experiments were conducted using a vibrating sample magnetometer to validate the results.
ASJC Scopus subject areas