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Thread: Leak testing with nitrogen
11-03-2012, 02:17 PM #1Professional Member
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Leak testing with nitrogen
I always thought nitrogen stayed the same pressure in a system even if ambient temps change from one day to another.Do you guys see this to be true?
11-03-2012, 02:26 PM #2
Nitrogen is subject to pressure changes at varying temperatures, just not as much as refrigerants and other gases are.Government is a disease......masquerading as its own cureEcclesiastes 10:2 NIV
11-03-2012, 04:54 PM #3Professional Member
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Got it,If I put in 300psi and return in a day or two and temps are ten degrees of each other,what do you think 5psi give or take?
11-03-2012, 05:30 PM #4
11-03-2012, 08:23 PM #5
Here's a good thread on the topic.
If I remember right, there's also a calculator that will allow you to compute what your target pressure should be, given known conditions.
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11-03-2012, 10:01 PM #7
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11-03-2012, 11:19 PM #8
Here is a snippet about ideal gas law that will answer you question.
11-03-2012, 11:41 PM #9
I recently used this formula for a system that required me to document a standing 24 hour pressure test at 600 psi. I pumped it up and ended up with 604 psig on my digital Testo. Also took temp reading. Wasn't able to come back next day, ended up being 5 days and pressure was at 608 psig. I don't remember the temp change, it wasn't much, but using the forumla, it showed that 608 was right where I needed to be.
Jim Bergman wrote an excellent article for RSES on how to calculate the pressure change for standing pressure tests. It is in the RSES Journal Archives.