ASTM-E309 Standard Practice for Eddy Current Examination of Steel Tubular Products Using Magnetic Saturation

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Standard Practice for Eddy Current Examination of Steel Tubular Products Using Magnetic Saturation



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1.1 This practice2 covers a procedure for applying the eddy current method to detect discontinuities in ferromagnetic pipe and tubing (Note 1) where the article being examined is rendered substantially non-magnetic by the application of a concentrated, strong magnetic field in the region adjacent to the examining coil.

Note 1: For convenience, the term tube or tubular product will hereafter be used to refer to both pipe and tubing.

1.2 The procedure is specifically applicable to eddy current testing methods using an encircling-coil assembly. However, eddy current techniques that employ either fixed or rotating probe-coil assemblies may be used to either enhance discontinuity sensitivity on the large diameter tubular products or to maximize the response received from a particular type of discontinuity.

1.3 This practice is intended for use on tubular products having outside diameters from approximately 1/4 to 10 in. (6.35 to 254.0 mm). These techniques have been used for smaller and larger sizes however, and may be specified upon contractual agreement between the purchaser and the supplier.

1.4 This practice does not establish acceptance criteria; they must be specified by the using party or parties.

1.5 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.

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


discontinuity; encircling coil; ferromagnetic pipe; ferromagnetic tubing; magnetic saturation system; magnetizing field strength; probe coil; tube; tubular product ;; ICS Number Code 23.040.10 (Iron and steel pipes); 77.140.75 (Steel pipes and tubes for specific use)

To find similar documents by ASTM Volume:

03.03 (Nondestructive Testing)

To find similar documents by classification:

23.040.10 (Iron and steel pipes Steel pipes and tubes for specific use, see 77.140.75)

77.140.75 (Steel pipes and tubes for specific use Including hollow steel bars and sections for construction Steel pipes for conducting fluids, see 23.040.10)

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