BS EN ISO 17638:2016 Non-destructive testing of welds. Magnetic particle testing

BS EN ISO 17638:2016

Non-destructive testing of welds. Magnetic particle testing

Status : Current   Published : November 2016



What is this standard about?

This international standard was developed to satisfy the need for a uniform and repeatable way of inspecting welds for surface imperfections using magnetic particle testing. It was revised to keep up with changing approaches and materials.

Who is this standard for?

  • Inspection companies in a number of sectors, including oil and gas, marine, general engineering and construction
  • Certification bodies
  • Authorised training and qualification bodies responsible for ensuring that training and examinations are in accordance with this industry mandated standard

Why should you use this standard? 

It specifies techniques for detection of surface imperfections in welds in ferromagnetic materials, including the heat affected zones, by means of magnetic particle testing. 

The techniques are suitable for most welding processes and joint configurations. Variations in the basic techniques that will provide a higher or lower test sensitivity are described in Annex A.

NOTE: This document does not specify acceptance levels of the indications. Further information on acceptance levels for indications may be found in BS EN ISO 23278 or in product or application standards.

What’s changed since the last update?

This standard replaces BS EN ISO 17638:2009 which is withdrawn. 

It was revised to ensure that inspection results remain consistent and repeatable when applied to new processes, revised standard practices, newly developed equipment and changes to materials and constituent components.

Standard NumberBS EN ISO 17638:2016
TitleNon-destructive testing of welds. Magnetic particle testing
Publication Date30 November 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)ISO 9934-3, ISO 9934-2, ISO 3059, ISO 9934-1:2015
Informative References(Provided for Information)ISO 9712, ISO 17635, ISO 23278, ISO 12707
ReplacesBS EN ISO 17638:2009
International RelationshipsEN ISO 17638:2016,ISO 17638:2016
Draft Superseded By15/30311775 DC
DescriptorsFlaw detection, Error correction, Non-destructive testing, Testing conditions, Specimen preparation, Magnetic-particle flaw detection, Test equipment, Performance testing, Surface defects, Reports, Instructions for use, Welded joints, Welding, Verification, Magnetic devices
Title in FrenchContrôle non destructif des assemblages soudés. Magnétoscopie
Title in GermanZerstörungsfreie Prüfung von Schweißverbindungen. Magnetpulverprüfung
ISBN978 0 580 87799 5
File Size2.178 MB

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