ASTM E545 - 05(2010)

    Standard Test Method for Determining Image Quality in Direct Thermal Neutron Radiographic Examination

    Active Standard ASTM E545 | Developed by Subcommittee: E07.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.03


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    Significance and Use

    The BPI is designed to yield quantitative information concerning neutron beam and image system parameters that contribute to film exposure and thereby affect overall image quality. In addition, the BPI can be used to verify the day-to-day consistency of the neutron radiographic quality. Gadolinium conversion screens and single-emulsion silver-halide films, exposed together in the neutron imaging beam, were used in the development and testing of the BPI. Use of alternative detection systems may produce densitometric readings that are not valid for the equations used in Section 9.

    The only truly valid sensitivity indicator is a reference standard part. A reference standard part is a material or component that is the same as the object being neutron radiographed except with a known standard discontinuity, inclusion, omission, or flaw. The sensitivity indicators were designed to substitute for the reference standard and provide qualitative information on hole and gap sensitivity.

    The number of areas or objects to be radiographed and the film acceptance standard used should be specified in the contract, purchase order, specification, or drawings.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the use of an Image Quality Indicator (IQI) system to determine the relative quality of radiographic images produced by direct, thermal neutron radiographic examination. The requirements expressed in this test method are not intended to control the quality level of materials and components.

    1.2 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.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are regarded to be standard.


    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

    E748 Practices for Thermal Neutron Radiography of Materials

    E803 Test Method for Determining the L/D Ratio of Neutron Radiography Beams

    E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations

    E2003 Practice for Fabrication of the Neutron Radiographic Beam Purity Indicators

    E2023 Practice for Fabrication of Neutron Radiographic Sensitivity Indicators


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 19.100 (Non-destructive testing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E0545-05R10

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