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Nondestructive Testing Handbook, Fourth Edition: Volume 2, Leak Testing (LT)

Product 0141

This fourth edition volume offers updates and new technical content throughout. The chapter on physics has been extensively revised and includes new equations. Chapters on safety, pressure, and vacuum and bubble testing have been significantly updated. New sections on blower doors and designing for leak testing have been added. Chapters covering helium, mass spectrometry, thermography, halogens, acoustics, and hermetic seals have been expanded and updated. Citations to applicable standards have been updated throughout. There are more than 100 new color photographs, including some from ASNT members overseas. 798 pages.

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Additional Details

  • Item Number: 0141
  • Published: 2017
  • Pages: 798
  • Edition: Fourth
  • ISBN: 978-1-57117-421-5

Chapter 1.  Introduction to Leak Testing

  • Part 1. Nondestructive Testing
  • Part 2. Management of Leak Testing
  • Part 3. Selection of Leak Testing Technique
  • Part 4. History of Leak Testing
  • Part 5. Units of Measure for Leak Testing

Chapter 2.  Safety Aspects of Leak Testing

  • Part 1. General Safety for Test Personnel
  • Part 2. Control of Hazards from Airborne Toxic Liquids, Vapors and Particles
  • Part 3. Flammable Liquids and Vapors
  • Part 4. Electrical and Radiation Hazards
  • Part 5. Safety with Tracer Gases
  • Part 6. Precautions with Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • Part 7. Precautions in Pressure and Vacuum Leak Testing
  • Part 8. Preparation of Pressurized Systems for Leak Testing
  • Part 9. Exposure to Toxic Substances

Chapter 3.  Physics of Gas

  • Part 1. Introduction to Properties of Gases
  • Part 2. Gaseous Flow through Leaks
  • Part 3. Effects on Leak Testing

Chapter 4.  Calibrated Reference Leaks

  • Part 1. Calibrated Reference Leaks
  • Part 2. Operation of Standard (Calibrated) Halogen Leaks
  • Part 3. Operation of Standard (Calibrated) Helium Leaks
  • Part 4. Calibration of Standard Reference Leaks

Chapter 5.  Pressure and Flow Measurement

  • Part 1. Pressure Instrumentation and Analysis
  • Part 2. Leakage Rate Tests in Pressurized Systems
  • Part 3. Pressure Change Measurement of Evacuated Systems
  • Part 4. Flow Rate Measurement near Atmospheric Pressure

Chapter 6.  Leak Testing of Vacuum Systems

  • Part 1. Nature of Vacuum
  • Part 2. Vacuum Systems and Components
  • Part 3. Materials for Vacuum Systems
  • Part 4. Vacuum Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Part 5. Measuring Pressure in Vacuum Systems
  • Part 6. Large Leaks in Operating Vacuum Systems
  • Part 7. Leak Testing of Vacuum Systems by Vacuum Gauging
  • Part 8. Leak Testing of Systems by Thermal Conductivity
  • Part 9. Leak Testing of Vacuum Systems by Ionization Gage or Pump

Chapter 7.  Bubble Testing Techniques

  • Part 1. Introduction to Bubble Emission Techniques of Leak Testing
  • Part 2. Theory of Bubble Testing by Liquid Immersion Technique
  • Part 3. Bubble Testing by Liquid Film Application Technique
  • Part 4. Bubble Testing by Vacuum Box Technique
  • Part 5. Procedures and Applications of Bubble Testing

Chapter 8.  Helium Mass Spectrometry in Leak Testing

  • Part 1. Principles of Mass Spectrometry with Helium Tracer
  • Part 2. Tracer Probe with Evacuated Objects
  • Part 3. Hood Technique for Evacuated Objects
  • Part 4. Accumulation Technique for Evacuated Objects
  • Part 5. Detector Probe Technique for Pressurized Objects
  • Part 6. Bell Jar Technique for Pressurized Objects
  • Part 7. Accumulation Technique for Pressurized Objects

Chapter 9.  Mass Spectrometry for Leak Testing

  • Part 1. Mass Spectrometric Detection of Helium Gas
  • Part 2. Sensitivity and Resolution of Helium Mass Spectrometers
  • Part 3. Vacuum System of Mass Spectrometer Leak Detector

Chapter 10.  Halogen Tracer Gases in Leak Testing

  • Part 1. Introduction to Halogen Tracer Gases and Leak Detectors
  • Part 2. Halogen Leak Test Setup
  • Part 3. Pressure Leak Testing with Halogen Detector Probe
  • Part 4. Industrial Applications of Halogen Leak Detection
  • Part 5. Writing Specifications for Halogen Leak Testing

Chapter 11.  Acoustic Leak Testing

  • Part 1. Principles of Acoustic Leak Testing
  • Part 2. Acoustic Monitoring of Vessels, Tanks and Pipelines
  • Part 3. Untethered Acoustic Leak Testing of Pipelines
  • Part 4. Instrumentation for Handheld Leak Detectors
  • Part 5. Pressurized Systems
  • Part 6. Evacuated Systems
  • Part 7. Other Applications

Chapter 12.  Thermographic Leak Testing

  • Part 1. Thermographic Techniques for Leak Testing
  • Part 2. Thermography for Passive Monitoring of Leakage
  • Part 3. Active Technique for Infrared Absorption of Gas
  • Part 4. Passive Technique for Infrared Imaging of Gas

Chapter 13.  Leak Testing of Petrochemical Storage Tanks

  • Part 1. Leak Testing of Underground Storage Tanks
  • Part 2. Leak Testing of Aboveground Storage Tanks
  • Part 3. Determining Leakage Rate in Petrochemical Structures

Chapter 14.  Leak Testing of Hermetic Seals

  • Part 1. Gasketed Mechanical Hermetic Seals
  • Part 2. Hermetically Sealed Packages
  • Part 3. Gross Leak Testing of Hermetically Sealed Devices
  • Part 4. Fine Leak Testing of Hermetically Sealed Devices with Krypton-85 Gas
  • Part 5. Fine Leak Testing of Hermetically Sealed Devices with Helium
  • Part 6. Leak Testing of Encasements for Historic Documents

Chapter 15.  Various Topics of Leak Testing

  • Part 1. Design for Leak Testing
  • Part 2. Leak Testing with Visible Tracer
  • Part 3. Blower Door Testing of Buildings
  • Part 4. Leak Testing of Geomembranes
  • Part 5. Residual Gas Analysis
  • Part 6. Solid State Detection of Hydrogen




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