• Thomas R. Hay, Ph.D., P.E

Non-destructive Testing (NDT) of Amusement Park Rides

Updated: Feb 27, 2020

Conventional Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Methods

TECHKNOWSERV CORP. (TKS) provides conventional non-destructive (NDT) and advanced non-destructive testing services to amusement parks during the off-season and in-season. Amusement parks rides are exciting due to their speed and other fascinating entertainment features but are subjected to strong forces and cyclic fatigue. Overtime rides may develop wear, corrosion, or cracks that must be detected and corrected as early possible using conventional non-destructive and advanced non-destructive testing methods. TKS has provided non-destructive inspection (NDI) to the amusement park industry for two decades. It is important to verify the condition of amusement ride components such as axles, bogies, pivots, chassis, lap bar parts and other structural components to ensure safety and uninterrupted service during times of heavy use. The non-destructive (NDT) and inspection services offered are Visual Testing (VI), Eddy Current Testing (ET), Magnetic Particle Testing (MT), Liquid Dye Penetrant Testing (PT), Ultrasonic Testing (UT), magnetic flux leakage (MFL).


- How is the visual inspection non-destructive testing method applied to the industry? Visual inspection is the first tool in the inspection of any structure or component. Prior to any further nondestructive evaluation (NDE), a thorough visual inspection will be carried out. This inspection will reveal corrosion, damage and wear mu