All structures in service contain cracks and their continuity is based on a reliable assessment of their safety. Structural integrity procedures are the tool based on Fracture Mechanics that allows the evaluation and design of structures and components providing understandable information on the basic principles and their applications. Currently, the procedures cover a wide range of integrity-related evaluation modules that correspond to different damage processes: fracture, fatigue, creep, corrosion, etc. Likewise, tools are available to address the safety conditions in elements that present metallurgical singularities such as welded or tension type joints such as the presence of residual stresses. In this same line is the fault analysis that requires, in addition to an adequate knowledge of the mechanical aspects, a training in metallurgical and fracture aspects.
Both for the analysis of Structural Integrity and for the evaluation of faults, the laboratory has personnel with experience of more than 20 years, adequate equipment in numerical methods, mechanical tests, metallographic and fractographic analysis and specific equipment for high-level tests. temperatures and miniature (SPT). The Structural Integrity Group belonging to LADICIM has participated in the preparation of the SINTAP / FITNET procedures, at the same time it has acquired great experience in the application of other cases such as BS 7910 and API 579.