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ASME BPVC.

V-2015

I-1076

ARTICLE 10

Indication of Leakage

Local heating or cooling is permitted provided temperatures remain within the range of 40F (5C) to 125F
(50C) during examination. Where it is impractical to
comply with the foregoing temperature limitations, other
temperatures may be used provided that the procedure is
demonstrated.

The presence of continuous bubble growth on the surface of the material indicates leakage through an orifice
passage(s) in the region under examination.

I-1073

After testing, surface cleaning may be required for product serviceability.

I-1077

Application of Solution

The bubble forming solution shall be applied to the surface to be tested by flowing, spraying, or brushing the solution over the examination area. The number of bubbles
produced in the solution by application should be minimized to reduce the problem of masking bubbles caused
by leakage.

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I-1080
I-1081

EVALUATION
Leakage

Unless otherwise specified by the referencing Code Section, the area under test is acceptable when no continuous
bubble formation is observed.

Immersion in Bath

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The area of interest shall be placed below the surface of


the bath in an easily observable position.

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Posttest Cleaning

Repair/Retest

When leakage is observed, the location of the leak(s)


shall be marked. The component shall then be depressurized, and the leak(s) repaired as required by the referencing Code Section. After repairs have been made, the
repaired area or areas shall be retested in accordance
with the requirements of this Appendix.

Lighting and Visual Aids

When performing the test, the requirements of Article


9, T-952 and T-953 shall apply.

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