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Hydrostatic Testing - Products

Additives, alternate fluids or color change developers can improve the speed and reliability of liquid leak testing. They can also increase the sensitivity of the test results. The number in parentheses after each product description indicates the paragraph in the ASTM Standard E1003 with which that product complies. Water Detecting Powder (PiNPOiNT WDP-217): This is an aerosol color change developer, which, when sprayed on the points of suspected leakage (joints, welds, connections), forms a white powder. Through capillary action, it helps draw water through leaks, spreading an indication to make it more visible and then it undergoes an irreversible bluegreen color change indicating the exact point of seepage. The coating is non-toxic and can easily be removed with a damp cloth. WDP-217 should be used only when the temperature of the surface is higher than the dewpoint or the humidity is low enough to prevent condensation from causing false indications. (ASTM 9.3.2.1 Visibility Enhancer). More Information

Tracer Dyes (RT-200 or FT175): These tracers are concentrated, immediately miscible liquid dyes, operating in either the visible or fluorescent mode. Developed for water systems study, these tracers are ideal for leak testing large systems or pipelines. Both formulas are biodegradable. RT-200 is diluted four ounces to 500 gallons and FT175 can be diluted up to one ounce per 1000 gallons. (ASTM 9.2.2.2 & 9.3.2.3 Visibility Enhancers). More Information

Surface Tension Reducer (Immersit ClM150 & CIM200): This concentrate, when added to water, in the ratio of 5% to 25% greatly decreases surface and interfacial tension causing a much greater volume of water to flow through a leak. CIM150 is biodegradable and inhibited to prevent rust. CIM-150A has a much stronger rust inhibitor. CIM-200 has a wider temperature range. (ASTM 9.3.3 Lower Flow Resistance). More Information

Water Soluble Tracer (FA-1A): This concentrated liquid tracer contain corrosion inhibitors, surface tension reducers and water soluble powders which dry on the outside of a leak developing the exact point of leakage long after the water evaporates. FA-1A is yellow fluorescent which is easily visible without a black light when dry. This concentrate should be diluted one part concentrate to between 25 to 50 parts water. It is chelated to perform in hard water. (ASTM 9.3.4). More Information

F-trace (Concentrate): This hydro tracer is available as a concentrate which should be diluted to a maximum of one part to 1,000 parts water or can be supplied as a ready-to-use fluid. Originally developed to leak test the fuel tanks, it is a biodegradable, highly fluorescent, low surface tension vehicle, which produces excellent results. It is not inhibited to prevent rust on carbon steel. It has low sulphur and halogen content for use on stainless, nickel and magnesium steels as well as on aluminum and most plastics. A black light, AGC Part #L102 will be required to see most indications. (ASTM 9.3.4)

Fluorescent Penetrant (FL50): This is a highly fluorescent (MIL-I-25135 group VI +) water washable penetrant which can be diluted with up to 30% water to provide a very sensitive, easily removable, low cost hydro test fluid. (ASTM 9.3.3 & 9.3.4)

Ultrasonic Leak Detector (Sonic 3000): This detector can quickly and easily spot leaks as small as Ix10-2 std cc/sec. This is a decade smaller than required by the ASTM standard. The Sonic 3000 can be used either with pressurized air or with its sound generator as an alternate to hydrostatic testing. It can be conveniently used as a quick precheck before the more time consuming hydrostatic test is performed (ASTM 10 Pretest). More Information

Hydraulic/Fuel Systems
Fluorescent Oil Additive (FAO-109): This highly fluorescent concentrate can be added to oil systems in the ratio of I part to 50 parts. It is invisible in ordinary light but fluoresces strong yellow with black light illumination. The Portable AGC Black Light is Part # L102. The FAO-109 can be used to pinpoint leaks in hydraulic lines, engine crankcases and shock absorbers. (It is equivalent in sensitivity to ASTM 8.3.2C). More Information

Dye Fuel Additive (RD-58): Meets the requirements of MIL-D-81298 and Air Force Technical Manual T.O. 42BI-1-10 (1970) for use in detecting JP-4 fuel leaks. The 58 series dye will mix with all hydrocarbons and many other fluids. It is particularly useful for checking leaks near hot sections, where the high temperature prevents the fuel from leaving a wet spot. When the dyed fuel evaporates, a residue is left as an identifiable leak indication. More Information

Oil Detecting Powder (ODP-210): ODP-210 forms an opaque white powder coating when sprayed onto welds, joints, fittings and other areas, of an oil containing system, which may be susceptible to leakage. A highly visible stain develops on the ODP-210 coating at points of oil leakage. ODP-210 can be easily removed by wiping with a damp cloth. More Information

Color Change Oil Detecting Powder (PiNPOiNT ODP-110) ODP-110 brushes on to joints and fittings to form a white developer type coating. When any hydrocarbon based fluid leaks the coating changes from white to red. It can be easily removed by wiping with a damp cloth. More Information