ASTM E1209 - 18

    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

    5.1 Liquid penetrant testing 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 practice2 covers procedures for water-washable fluorescent penetrant testing 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 testing 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 testing.

    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 to be regarded as 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 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 (CEO).

    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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.7 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    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

    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 by High Temperature Combustion and Infrared (IR) Detection or Thermal Conductivity Detection (TCD)

    E165/E165M Practice for Liquid Penetrant Examination for General Industry

    E433 Reference Photographs for Liquid Penetrant Inspection

    E543 Specification for Agencies Performing Nondestructive Testing

    E1219 Practice for Fluorescent Liquid Penetrant Testing Using the Solvent-Removable Process

    E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations

    E2297 Guide for Use of UV-A and Visible Light Sources and Meters used in the Liquid Penetrant and Magnetic Particle Methods

    E3022 Practice for Measurement of Emission Characteristics and Requirements for LED UV-A Lamps Used in Fluorescent Penetrant and Magnetic Particle Testing

    ISO Standard

    ISO 9712

    AMS Standard

    AMS 2644


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 19.100 (Non-destructive testing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


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    DOI: 10.1520/E1209-18

    Citation Format

    ASTM E1209-18, Standard Practice for Fluorescent Liquid Penetrant Testing Using the Water-Washable Process, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018, www.astm.org

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