Local wall thinning is one of serious problems in aged power generating plants and is known to occur mainly by Flow Accelerated Corrosion (FAC) and Liquid Droplet Impingement (LDI) erosion. As the thinning grows inside the pipes, it is difficult to detect and evaluate it from the outer surface of pipe. The direct-current potential difference method (DC-PDM) is thought to be a suitable non-destructive technique to monitor the initiation and growth of these damages. In this study, an approximate analysis method of the potential difference around a semi-ellipsoidal thinning on the back surface of flat plate is presented and the accuracy is discussed based on the results obtained by the finite element analyses.

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