Understanding Re-qualification Testing Methods For Portable Cylinders Part 1

Travis Jolliff

The choice of re-qualification testing method for portable cylinders is based on a variety of factors.  In most cases, DOT regulations offer choices.

This 5 part article discusses the different choices when it comes to re-qualification testing methods for portable cylinders. Each part will identify the type of re-qualification testing method and provide a brief description of each. These choices include such methodologies as:

  • Visual Examination Method
  • Hydrostatic Testing Methods
    • Water jacket method
    • Direct expansion method
    • Proof pressure method
  • Acoustic Emission Method
  • Ultrasonic Examination Methods
    • Automated ultrasonic examination
    • Hand-held ultrasonic examination
  • Other Test Methods

Part 1 addresses the Visual Examination Method, Part 2 will address Hydrostatic Testing Methods, Part 3 will address Acoustic Emission Method, Part 4 will address Ultrasonic Examination Methods and Part 5 will address Other Test Methods.

Visual Examination Method for re-qualifying portable cylinders

Visual examination of a cylinder is a part of any re-qualification process and should be performed before applying pressure.  In fact, most cylinders are rejected because of a finding during a visual examination.  The exam may be both internal and external or, in some cases, external only.  Some specification cylinders operating in certain gas services may be re-qualified exclusively by a visual examination.  Pertinent regulations for the specification of cylinder being re-qualified must be carefully reviewed for compliance and selection of the visual examination method appropriate for the cylinder undergoing re-qualification.

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