ASTM G62 - 14

    Standard Test Methods for Holiday Detection in Pipeline Coatings

    Active Standard ASTM G62 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.48

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.02


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Method A—Method A describes a quick, safe method for determining if pinholes, voids, or metal particles are protruding through the coating. This method will not, however, find any thin spots in the coating. This method will determine the existence of any gross faults in thin-film pipeline coatings.

    5.2 Method B—Method B describes a method for determining if pinholes, voids, or metal particles are protruding through the coating, and thin spots in pipeline coatings. This method can be used to verify minimum coating thicknesses as well as voids in quality-control applications.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover the apparatus and procedure for detecting holidays in pipeline type coatings.

    1.2 Method A is designed to detect holidays such as pinholes and voids in thin-film coatings from 0.025 to 0.254 mm (1 to 10 mils) in thickness using ordinary tap water and an applied voltage of less than 100 V d-c. It is effective on films up to 0.508 mm (20 mils) thickness if a wetting agent is used with the water. It should be noted, however, that this method will not detect thin spots in the coating. This may be considered to be a nondestructive test because of the relatively low voltage.

    1.3 Method B is designed to detect holidays such as pinholes and voids in pipeline coatings; but because of the higher applied voltages, it can also be used to detect thin spots in the coating. This method can be used on any thickness of pipeline coating and utilizes applied voltages between 900 and 20 000 V d-c.2 This method is considered destructive because the high voltages involved generally destroy the coating at thin spots.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units to three significant decimals are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are 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

    A742/A742M Specification for Steel Sheet, Metallic Coated and Polymer Precoated for Corrugated Steel Pipe


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 23.040.99 (Other pipeline components)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 32101519(Detectors)


    DOI: 10.1520/G0062-14

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