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    ASTM D3923 - 08(2014)

    Standard Practices for Detecting Leaks in Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration Devices

    Active Standard ASTM D3923 | Developed by Subcommittee: D19.08

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.02

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    Significance and Use

    5.1 These practices may be used to determine whether a RO or NF device is free of leaks if the mechanical integrity of the device is to be confirmed. They may also be used to detect leaks in RO or NF devices whose operating performance indicates a possible leak. These practices may be used for either new or used devices.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These practices cover detecting leaks in which there is a direct communication between the feed or concentrate, or both, and the permeate. Several types of leaks are possible with the various configurations of reverse-osmosis (RO) and nanofiltration (NF) devices.

    1.2 Types of Leaks:

    1.2.1 With hollow-fiber devices, feed or concentrate leakage, or both, into the permeate stream by leaks through the tube sheet and past the tube sheet O-ring are possible. “Leaks” caused by broken fibers are not covered by these practices.

    1.2.2 With spiral-wound devices, leaks may occur through damage of the membrane surface itself by punctures or scratches, by glue-line failure, and by O-ring leaks on product tube interconnectors.

    1.2.3 With tubular devices, leaks due to membrane damage, tube end seal leaks, and leaks from broken tubes or product headers are possible.

    1.3 Three leak test practices are given as follows:



    Practice A—Tube Sheet and O-Ring Leak Test for Hollow
     Fiber Devices

    8 to 9

    Practice B—Vacuum Test for Spiral Wound Devices

    10 to 12

    Practice C—Dye Test for Spiral Wound and Tubular Devices

    13 to 18

    1.4 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

    D1129 Terminology Relating to Water

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D4194 Test Methods for Operating Characteristics of Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration Devices

    D6161 Terminology Used for Microfiltration, Ultrafiltration, Nanofiltration and Reverse Osmosis Membrane Processes

    D6908 Practice for Integrity Testing of Water Filtration Membrane Systems

    E60 Practice for Analysis of Metals, Ores, and Related Materials by Spectrophotometry

    E275 Practice for Describing and Measuring Performance of Ultraviolet and Visible Spectrophotometers

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.120.99 (Other equipment for the chemical industry)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code

    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/D3923-08R14

    Citation Format

    ASTM D3923-08(2014), Standard Practices for Detecting Leaks in Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration Devices, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.org

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