Non Destructive Testing Inspection Methods: Pneumatic Testing for Leakage

September 27th, 2009

The most common leak test methods determine the value of the leak by using:

  • Pressure decay (with or without reference volume)
  • Flow inspection (for big volumes)
  • Tracer gas inspection (high performances)

Few technologies identify the leak position and value by using:

  • Air bubble (under water inspection)
  • Tracer gas (using sniffing probes)

The pressure decay is the most common leak inspection technology used to test the automotive components like cylinder blocks and heads, gear boxes and housings as well as assembled engines.

The part under test is tightened and pressurised or subjected to a vacum and if it has a leak, the pressure inside the component will change. The pressure variation per time unit between the reference volume and the volume under test is measured by a differential pressure transducer.

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