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1.6.2 What Does a Hydrostatic or Pneumatic Pressure Test Do?

There is always a difference of opinion as to what is desired and what is accomplished with a pressure

test. Some persons believe that the pressure test is meaut to detect major leaks, while others feel that there
sbould be no leaks, large or small. Some feel that the test is necessary to invoke loadings and stresses that
are equivalent to or exceed those loadings and stresses at operating conditions. Others feel that a pressure
test is needed to indicate whether a gross errorhas been made in calculations or fabrication. In some cases,

it appears that the pressure testing may help round out corners or other undesirable wrinkles or may offer
some sort of a stress relief to some components.