Magnetic Particle Testing (MPT) is a non-destructive testing method used to detect surface and slightly subsurface discontinuities in ferromagnetic materials. It is a highly effective method for detecting surface cracks, porosity, laps, seams, and other surface anomalies in materials such as iron, steel, and some nickel alloys.


In MPT, a magnetic field is applied to the material being inspected, and iron oxide or iron oxide-coated particles are dispersed over the surface. The particles are attracted to areas of magnetic flux leakage, indicating the presence of a discontinuity. The particles form a visible indication or indication pattern, allowing the inspector to locate and evaluate the size, shape, orientation, and depth of the defect.


MPT is widely used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, construction, power generation, and manufacturing to inspect materials and components for defects that could cause failure or compromise their performance. It is a fast, reliable, and cost-effective method for detecting surface and near-surface defects, and it is often used in combination with other non-destructive testing methods to ensure the integrity of materials and structures.


We offer ultrasonic testing compliant with many different industry standards and codes to include:

Testing Standard Common Material Analysis Testing Codes
API – American Petroleum Institute 1104 (Welding of Pipelines and Related Facilities)
ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers BPVC Section V, Section IX, B31.1, B31.3
ASTM – American Society for Testing and Materials E1444
AWS – American Welding Society D1.1, D1.2, D1.4, D1.5, D1.6
AWWA – American Water Works Association AWWA C200
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Xenogenesis, LLC (Xenogenesis) is a non-destructive testing (NDT) firm that has serviced the southeastern US for over 20 years and offers a full range of testing and inspection services. NDT methods include radar imaging, visual inspection, ultrasonic testing, penetrant testing, radiography, magnetic particle testing, positive material identification (PMI), and many others. Our team has extensive experience in radar imaging (GPR), non-destructive testing, inspection, and project management. Xenogenesis’ experience allows our team to work closely with your company and identify the best approach for your project.

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