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When we launched the OmniScan™ X3 flaw detector, we also created educational materials to help our customers understand the advantages and limitations of total focusing method (TFM) technology.

TFM inspection of a 25 mm thick V weld using an OmniScan X3 flaw detector and an A31 probe

Over time, we’ve produced many TFM resources, from training videos to white papers, and everything in between. To save you time, here’s a compilation of our TFM reference materials to date.

TFM Webinars and Educational Videos

If you’re new to TFM, get up to speed by watching this animation. It breaks down how full matrix capture (FMC) and the total focusing method (TFM) work in simple terms. Watch FMC/TFM Basic Principles now!

Illustration explaining the total focusing method and full matrix capture process within the nondestructive testing (NDT) context

Excerpts from the infographic, How it Works: Full Matrix Capture (FMC) and the Total Focusing Method (TFM)

Dive deeper with this series of 5 on-demand webinars on TFM. The Total Focusing Method Webinar Series covers basic principles, but also delves into topics such as TFM versus phased array—for example, when to use which—and code compliance when using TFM.

And learn more about the OmniScan X3 series’ TFM wave set coverage modeling tool in this video: Overview of the AIM Tool on the OmniScan X3 Flaw Detector. The Acoustic Influence Map (AIM) simulator can provide invaluable wave set selection guidance to advanced users as well as inspectors who are learning the TFM technique. Selecting the proper wave set can be a complex task when using TFM, particularly on curved parts, so having a powerful simulator like AIM onboard the instrument is key. 

FAQs about TFM

To get answers to common questions about the total focusing method, go to our Frequently Asked Questions about the Total Focusing Method page.

Basic Principles of FMC/TFM Poster and Infographic

If you’d like to decorate your office with a handy (and handsome) reference on FMC and TFM, download our poster on Understanding FMC and TFM Technologies or the smaller format infographic, How it Works: Full Matrix Capture (FMC) and the Total Focusing Method (TFM).

Total Focusing Method (TFM) Application Advice

Looking for practical TFM application information? Read these app notes:

Total Focusing Method-Related Case Study and White Papers

Read about the tests conducted by the engineering firm EWI, comparing the efficacy of phased array and TFM for fatigue crack monitoring: Gaining a Better Understanding of Crack Growth in Cyclically Loaded Structures Using the Total Focusing Method.

You can also gain more in-depth knowledge about the OmniScan X3 flaw detector series’ innovative TFM imaging in these white papers on the Use of the Total Focusing Method with the Envelope Feature and the TFM Acoustic Influence Map.

Customer Stories and TFM Tips and Tricks

Inspector using the OmniScan X3 flaw detector’s total focusing method imaging with a phased array probe on a pipe

Image from TFM and Other Major Advantages of the OmniScan X3 Flaw Detector for NDT Inspectors—A Customer Review

For some light reading, peruse these blog posts to get our customer’s perspectives on the advantages of TFM as well as our inspection experts’ explanations:

We hope you find this list useful. Explore these materials at your own pace to help build your knowledge and increase your understanding of total focusing method technology.

Keep checking our website’s Resources tab to discover new material on TFM as we add it.

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Staff Writer

Sarah Williams worked for nearly a decade as a researcher and copywriter in the broadcast media industry. Now Sarah applies her skills as a writer and editor to produce compelling, high-quality material on topics related to Evident’s wide range of nondestructive testing (NDT) solutions. She writes about the latest remote visual, microscope, ultrasonic, eddy current, and phased array technologies. She also explores their applications and contributions to improving the quality and safety of the world around us. Sarah works at the office in Quebec City, where she resides with her partner, David, and her three children, Sophie, Anouk, and Éloi. 

May 6, 2021
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