Hydrostatic Testing Versus Ultrasonic Examination – Part 3

Travis Jolliff

Many industries use compressed gas cylinders to store substances such as oxygen, propane, acetylene, or fire suppressants. Structural flaws in a cylinder can turn dangerous resulting in leaks, ruptures, or even deadly explosions. The two primary methods of testing cylinders to detect these potential flaws are hydrostatic testing and ultrasonic examination. The processes of these two testing methods are vastly different in technique, time, and cost.

This 3 part article discusses the different testing methods for re-qualification of portable cylinders. The information addressed includes:

  • Hydrostatic Testing
  • Ultrasonic Examination
  • Benefits of Ultrasonic Examination

Part 1 addressed Hydrostatic Testing, Part 2 addressed Ultrasonic Examination and Part 3 addresses the Benefits of Ultrasonic Examination.

Benefits of Ultrasonic Examination

There are many advantages to using ultrasonic examination for cylinders compared to hydrostatic testing. Some benefits include:

  • Accurate testing data: Ultrasonic examination equipment finds flaws such as wall thinning, pitting, and cracks which can be missed with hydrostatic testing
  • Faster testing time: Ultrasonic examination is much faster and less labor-intensive than hydrostatic testing
  • Flexible testing: Ultrasonic examination can be used on a wide range of cylinder materials such as steel, aluminum, and high strength steel
  • No valve removal: probably the most important benefit that avoids potential valve damage

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Jay L Harman’s DOT Hydrostatic Testing and Ultrasonic Examination facility and equipment meet all NFPA requirements for the hydrostatic testing and Ultrasonic Examination of compressed gas cylinders and portable fire extinguisher cylinders.

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