Standard Test Method for Measuring Package and Seal Integrity Using Helium as the Tracer Gas
|Publication Date:||1 April 2005|
|ICS Code (Packaging materials and accessories):||55.040|
This test method includes several procedures that can be used for the measurement of overall package and seal barrier performance of a variety of package types and package forms, as well as seal/closure types. The basic elements of this method include:
Helium (employed as tracer gas),
Helium leak detector (mass spectrometer), and
Most applications of helium leak detection are destructive, in that helium needs to be injected into the package after the package has been sealed. The injection site then needs to be sealed/patched externally, which often destroys its saleability. Alternatively, if helium can be incorporated into the headspace before sealing, the method can be non-destructive because all that needs to be accomplished is to simply detect for helium escaping the sealed package.