ASTM E570 - 09

    Standard Practice for Flux Leakage Examination of Ferromagnetic Steel Tubular Products

    Active Standard ASTM E570 | Developed by Subcommittee: E07.07

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.03


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    Significance and Use

    This practice outlines a procedure for examining ferromagnetic tubular products using the flux leakage method. If properly applied, this method is capable of detecting the presence and location of significant longitudinally or transversely oriented discontinuities such as pits, scabs, slivers, gouges, roll-ins, laps, seams, cracks, holes, and improper welds in ferromagnetic tubes under inspection. In addition, the severity of a discontinuity may be estimated and a rejection level set with respect to the magnitude of the electromagnetic indication produced by the discontinuity.

    The response from natural discontinuities can be significantly different from the response for artificial discontinuities such as drilled holes or notches of equivalent depth. For this reason, sufficient work should be done to determine the conditions necessary to detect and mark natural discontinuities whose characteristics will adversely affect the serviceability of the tube, in order to establish acceptance criteria between the supplier and purchaser.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the application and standardization of equipment using the flux leakage test method for detection of outer surface, inner surface, and subsurface discontinuities in ferromagnetic steel tubular products (Note 1) of uniform cross section such as seamless and welded tubing.

    Note 1—The term tube or tubular product will be used to refer to both pipe and tubing.

    1.2 This practice is intended for use on tubular products having outside diameters from approximately ½ to 24 in. (12.7 to 610 mm) with wall thicknesses to ½ in (12.7 mm). These techniques have been used for other sizes, however, and may be so specified upon contractual agreement between the purchaser and the supplier.

    1.3 This practice does not establish acceptance criteria; they must be specified by the using parties.

    1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI 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

    Other Documents

    NAS-410 NAS Certification and Qualification of Nondestructive Personnel (Quality Assurance Committee) Available from Aerospace Industries Association of America, Inc., 1250 Eye St., NW, Washington, DC 20005.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.040.20 (Non-destructive testing of metals); 77.140.40 (Steels with special magnetic properties)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E0570-09

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