Patent Number: 6,429,649

Title: Eddy current testing probe

Abstract: A replaceable eddy current probe for inspecting small (3/4 inch diameter or smaller) tubes of heat exchangers has a head portion with bobbin coils and a delivery conduit connector portion with a flexible conduit having a first end extending from the head portion and a second end extending to the connector portion. The connector portion has electrical terminal connections electrically connected to the bobbin coils by wires extending through the flexible conduit. The connector portion also has a housing with a surface surrounding the electrical terminal connections and the surface has a 360.degree. delivery conduit mechanical interlock which may be a recess or a proturburance for mating with a proturberance or recess of a delivery conduit. The 360.degree. interlock provides a robust connection which will not separate during high speed pushing and pulling forces and twisting through tight turns of U-bends.

Inventors: Boynton; Jayne L. (Jeannette, PA), Pierini; Gary Peter (Pittsburgh, PA)

Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC

International Classification: G01N 27/90 (20060101); G01N 027/72 (); G01N 027/82 ()

Expiration Date: 08/06/2019