Locate That Leak

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Gebe, Gary L.   (1990, ASQC)   Cincinnati Test Systems, Inc., Cleves, OH

Quality Progress    Vol. 23    No. 4
QICID: 12404    April 1990    pp. 62-64
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Article Abstract

Leak test instruments either determine if a leak is tolerable or identify the location of a leak. The former type is appropriate in medium- to high-volume applications, while the latter is cost-effective in low-volume production. To determine if a leak goes beyond a tolerable level, there are pressure decay, mass flow, and helium mass spectrometry devices. They have minimum reject leak rates of 0.1 to 0.5; 0.5 to 2; and 0.0003 to 1 sccm (standard cubic centimeter per minute) of air, respectively. For locating a leak, there are bubble/dunk tank leak systems; halogen tracer gas analyzers (with optimal sensitivity of 0.0006 sccm); helium mass spectrometers with sniffer probes (0.0006 sccm); and ultrasonic detectors (0.1 sccm). Selection factors for a leak detection instrument include test pressure, reject leak rate, production rate, and test environment. Following the article is an equipment overview of 21 leak detectors and related devices.

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Inspection,Testing,Technology,Standards and specifications


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