Standard Active Last Updated: Dec 27, 2016
ASTM E2297-15

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

Significance and Use

5.1 UV-A and visible light sources are used to provide adequate light levels for liquid penetrant and magnetic particle examination. Radiometers and light meters are used to verify that specified light levels are available.

5.2 Fluorescence is produced by irradiating the fluorescent dyes/pigments with UV-A radiation. The fluorescent dyes/pigments absorb the energy from the UV-A radiation and re-emit light energy in the visible spectrum. This energy transfer allows fluorescence to be observed by the human eye.

5.3 UV-A light sources may emit visible light above 400 nm (400 Å), which may reduce the visiblity of fluorescent indications. High intensity UV-A light sources may cause UV fade, causing fluorescent indications to disappear.


1.1 This guide describes the use of UV-A/Visible light sources and meters used for the examination of materials by the liquid penetrant and magnetic particle processes. This guide may be used to help support the needs for appropriate light intensities and light measurement.

1.2 This guide also provides a reference:

1.2.1 To assist in the selection of light sources and meters that meet the applicable specifications or standards.

1.2.2 For use in the preparation of internal documentation dealing with liquid penetrant or magnetic particle examination of materials and parts.

1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard

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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 03.03
Developed by Subcommittee: E07.03
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.1520/E2297-15
ICS Code: 17.180.20; 19.100