ACFM Subsea Inspection System for the Detection and Sizing of Surface-breaking Cracks.
For the last 30 years, ACFM technology has been used globally as the method of choice for the detection and sizing of subsea surface-breaking cracks. Recognized and approved by many certification bodies, including DNV, ABS and Loylds, the technique has been used successfully against traditional uncomputerized and more user dependent methods, such as MPI.
The subsea bottle is lowered to the diver and the diver uses probes connected to the bottle through a 5m (16.4ft) cable. There is an umbilical cable from the bottle to a topside unit that provides power to the bottle and communication protocol conversion between the VDSL used down to the bottle and Ethernet which is connected to a controlling laptop. The umbilical is 150m (492ft) standard with subsea connectors at both ends. Three umbilicals may be connected together for a total length of 450m (1476.4ft). A 15m (49.2ft) whip is provided between the top umbilical and the topside unit so that this can be temporarily fixed-routed to the dive shack (normal ACFM operator location). The diver uses simple Bx/Bz pair probes or the mini (8 channel) array (requires the DA version).