ASTM E1209 - 10

    Standard Practice for Fluorescent Liquid Penetrant Testing Using the Water-Washable Process

    Active Standard ASTM E1209 | Developed by Subcommittee: E07.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.03


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    Significance and Use

    Liquid penetrant examination methods indicate the presence, location, and, to a limited extent, the nature and magnitude of the detected discontinuities. This method is normally used for production inspection of large volumes of parts or structures, where emphasis is on productivity. The method enjoys a wide latitude in applicability when extensive and controlled conditions are available. Multiple levels of sensitivity can be achieved by proper selection of materials and variations in process.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers procedures for water-washable fluorescent penetrant examination of materials. It is a nondestructive testing method for detecting discontinuities that are open to the surface such as cracks, seams, laps, cold shuts, laminations, isolated porosity, through leaks, or lack of porosity and is applicable to in-process, final, and maintenance examination. It 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 and certain nonporous plastics and glass.

    1.2 This practice also provides a reference:

    1.2.1 By which a fluorescent penetrant examination method using the water-washable 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 water-washable fluorescent penetrant examination of materials and parts. Agreement by the purchaser and the manufacturer 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 practice does not indicate or suggest standards for evaluation of the indications obtained. It should be pointed out, however, that indications 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 regarded as standard. SI units given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.5 All areas of this document may be open to agreement between the cognizant engineering organization and the supplier, or specific direction from the cognizant engineering organization.

    1.6 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.

    ASNT Documents

    ANSI/ASNT-CP-189 Qualification and Certification of NDT Personnel

    Military Standard

    MIL-STD-410 Nondestructive Testing Personnel Qualification and Certification

    AIA Standard

    NAS410 Certification and Qualification of Nondestructive Test Personnel Available from the Aerospace Industries Association of America, Inc., 1250 Eye Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005.

    ASTM Standards

    D129 Test Method for Sulfur in Petroleum Products (General High Pressure Decomposition Device Method)

    D516 Test Method for Sulfate Ion in Water

    D808 Test Method for Chlorine in New and Used Petroleum Products (High Pressure Decomposition Device Method)

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

    E165 Practice for Liquid Penetrant Examination for General Industry

    E433 Reference Photographs for Liquid Penetrant Inspection

    E543 Specification for Agencies Performing Nondestructive Testing

    E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 19.100 (Non-destructive testing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E1209-10

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