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ASTM E317

Standard Practice for Evaluating Performance Characteristics of Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Examination Instruments and Systems without the Use of Electronic Measurement Instruments

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Organization: ASTM
Publication Date: 10 February 2001
Status: inactive
Page Count: 12
ICS Code (Non-destructive testing): 19.100
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1. Scope

1.1 This practice describes procedures for evaluating the following performance characteristics of ultrasonic pulse-echo examination instruments and systems: Horizontal Limit and Linearity; Vertical Limit and Linearity; Resolution - Entry Surface and Far Surface; Sensitivity and Noise; Accuracy of Calibrated Gain Controls. Evaluation of these characteristics is intended to be used for comparing instruments and systems or, by periodic repetition, for detecting long-term changes in the characteristics of a given instrument or system that may be indicative of impending failure, and which, if beyond certain limits, will require corrective maintenance. Instrument characteristics measured in accordance with this practice are expressed in terms that relate to their potential usefulness for ultrasonic examinations. Instrument characteristics expressed in purely electronic terms may be measured as described in E 1324.

1.2 Ultrasonic examination systems using pulsed-wave trains and A-scan presentation (rf or video) may be evaluated.

1.3 The procedures are applicable to shop or field conditions; additional electronic measurement instrumentation is not required.

1.4 This practice establishes no performance limits for examination systems; if such acceptance criteria are required, these must be specified by the using parties. Where acceptance criteria are implied herein they are for example only and are subject to more or less restrictive limits imposed by customer's and end user's controlling documents.

1.5 The specific parameters to be evaluated, conditions and frequency of test, and report data required, must also be determined by the user.

1.6 This practice may be used for the evaluation of a complete examination system, including search unit, instrument, interconnections, fixtures and connected alarm and auxiliary devices, primarily in cases where such a system is used repetitively without change or substitution. This practice is not intended to be used as a substitute for calibration or standardization of an instrument or system to inspect any given material. There are limitations to the use of standard reference blocks for that purpose.

1.7 Required test apparatus includes selected test blocks and a precision external attenuator (where specified) in addition to the instrument or system to be evaluated.

1.8 Precautions relating to the applicability of the procedures and interpretation of the results are included.

1.9 Alternate procedures, such as examples described in this document, or others, may only be used with customer approval.

1.10 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

Document History

June 1, 2021
Standard Practice for Evaluating Performance Characteristics of Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Testing Instruments and Systems without the Use of Electronic Measurement Instruments
This practice describes procedures for evaluating the following performance characteristics of ultrasonic pulse-echo examination instruments and systems: Horizontal Limit and Linearity; Vertical...
June 1, 2016
Standard Practice for Evaluating Performance Characteristics of Ultrasonic Pulse- Echo Testing Instruments and Systems without the Use of Electronic Measurement Instruments
This practice describes procedures for evaluating the following performance characteristics of ultrasonic pulse-echo examination instruments and systems: Horizontal Limit and Linearity; Vertical...
August 1, 2011
Standard Practice for Evaluating Performance Characteristics of Ultrasonic Pulse- Echo Testing Instruments and Systems without the Use of Electronic Measurement Instruments
This practice describes procedures for evaluating the following performance characteristics of ultrasonic pulse-echo examination instruments and systems: Horizontal Limit and Linearity; Vertical...
December 1, 2006
Standard Practice for Evaluating Performance Characteristics of Ultrasonic Pulse- Echo Testing Instruments and Systems without the Use of Electronic Measurement Instruments
This practice describes procedures for evaluating the following performance characteristics of ultrasonic pulse-echo examination instruments and systems: Horizontal Limit and Linearity; Vertical...
May 1, 2006
Standard Practice for Evaluating Performance Characteristics of Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Testing Instruments and Systems without the Use of Electronic Measurement Instruments
This practice describes procedures for evaluating the following performance characteristics of ultrasonic pulse-echo examination instruments and systems: Horizontal Limit and Linearity; Vertical...
ASTM E317
February 10, 2001
Standard Practice for Evaluating Performance Characteristics of Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Examination Instruments and Systems without the Use of Electronic Measurement Instruments
1. Scope 1.1 This practice describes procedures for evaluating the following performance characteristics of ultrasonic pulse-echo examination instruments and systems: Horizontal Limit and Linearity;...
September 15, 1994
Standard Practice for Evaluating Performance Characteristics of Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Testing Systems Without the Use of Electronic Measurement Instruments
1. Scope 1.1 This practice describes procedures for evaluating the following performance characteristics of ultrasonic pulse-echo testing systems: Horizontal Limit and Linearity; Vertical Limit and...
April 15, 1993
STANDARD PRACTICE FOR EVALUATING PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF ULTRASONIC PULSE-ECHO TESTING SYSTEMS WITHOUT THE USE OF ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENT INSTRUMENTS
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September 27, 1985
STANDARD PRACTICE FOR EVALUATING PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF ULTRASONIC PULSE-ECHO TESTING SYSTEMS WITHOUT THE USE OF ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENT INSTRUMENTS (R 1990)
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