ASTM E1003 - 13

    Standard Practice for Hydrostatic Leak Testing

    Active Standard ASTM E1003 | Developed by Subcommittee: E07.08

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.03


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    Significance and Use

    6.1 This practice is useful for quality control testing and field inspection of piping systems, pipelines, valves, and containers that are expected to retain liquids. It is not sensitive enough for leak testing when toxic or explosive gas is expected to be retained under pressure.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the testing of components for leaks by pressurizing them inside with a liquid.

    1.2 This practice can be used on piping, valves, and containers with welded or fitted sections which can be sealed at their ends and which are designed for internal pressure.

    1.3 Basic procedures are described based on the type of inspection used. These procedures should be limited to finding leakage indications of 4.5 × 10−9 mol/s (1 × 10−4 Std cm3/s)2 or larger.

    1.4 Units—The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address 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

    E543 Specification for Agencies Performing Nondestructive Testing

    E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations

    ASNT Documents

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

    AIA Standard

    NAS-410 Certification and Qualification of Nondestructive Test Personnel


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 19.100 (Non-destructive testing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E1003-13

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