ASTM E165-02

    Historical Standard: ASTM E165-02 Standard Test Method for Liquid Penetrant Examination

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers procedures for penetrant examination of materials. They are nondestructive testing methods for detecting discontinuities that are open to the surface such as cracks, seams, laps, cold shuts, laminations, through leaks, or lack of fusion and are applicable to in-process, final, and maintenance examination. They can be effectively used in the examination of nonporous, metallic materials, both ferrous and nonferrous, and of nonmetallic materials such as glazed or fully densified ceramics, certain nonporous plastics, and glass.

    1.2 This test method also provides a reference:

    1.2.1 By which a liquid penetrant examination process recommended or required by individual organizations can be reviewed to ascertain its applicability and completeness.

    1.2.2 For use in the preparation of process specifications dealing with the liquid penetrant examination of materials and parts. Agreement by the user and the supplier regarding specific techniques is strongly recommended.

    1.2.3 For use in the organization of the facilities and personnel concerned with the liquid penetrant examination.

    1.3 This test method does not indicate or suggest criteria for evaluation of the indications obtained. It should be pointed out, however, that after indications have been produced, they must be interpreted or classified and then evaluated. For this purpose there must be a separate code or specification or a specific agreement to define the type, size, location, and direction of indications considered acceptable, and those considered unacceptable.

    1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. SI units are provided for information only.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D129 Test Method for Sulfur in Petroleum Products (General Bomb Method)

    D808 Test Method for Chlorine in New and Used Petroleum Products (Bomb Method)

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D1552 Test Method for Sulfur in Petroleum Products (High-Temperature Method)

    D4327 Test Method for Anions in Water by Chemically Suppressed Ion Chromatography

    E433 Reference Photographs for Liquid Penetrant Inspection

    E516 Practice for Testing Thermal Conductivity Detectors Used in Gas Chromatography

    E543 Specification for Agencies Performing Nondestructive Testing

    E1208 Test Method for Fluorescent Liquid Penetrant Examination Using the Lipophilic Post-Emulsification Process

    E1209 Test Method for Fluorescent Liquid Penetrant Examination Using the Water-Washable Process

    E1210 Test Method for Fluorescent Liquid Penetrant Examination Using the Hydrophilic Post-Emulsification Process

    E1219 Test Method for Fluorescent Liquid Penetrant Examination Using the Solvent-Removable Process

    E1220 Test Method for Visible Penetrant Examination Using Solvent-Removable Process

    E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations

    E1417 Practice for Liquid Penetrant Testing

    E1418 Test Method for Visible Penetrant Examination Using the Water-Washable Process

    ASNT Document

    ANSI/ASNTCP-189 Standard for Qualification and Certification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel

    Military Standard

    MIL-STD-410 Nondestructive Testing Personnel Qualification and Certification

    APHA Standard

    429 Method for the Examination of Water and Wastewater

    AIA Standard

    NAS-410 Certification and Qualification of Nondestructive Test Personnel

    SAE Standards

    QPL-AMS-2644 Qualified Products of Inspection Materials, Penetrant


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 19.100 (Non-destructive testing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E0165-02

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