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Manufacturers in the aerospace, nuclear, chemical and oil & gas industries use certain components and systems that are critical to the performance of a given piece of equipment. That is why they use burst testing, because if these components fail, the result could be serious or even catastrophic. Manufacturers must put these systems into service with the highest possible confidence in their long-term reliability, even in extreme environments. Maxbar is an industry leader in custom burst pressure testing services. Sensitive applications including the aerospace industry and the oil & natural gas industry rely on burst testing expertise provided by Maxbar.

What is Burst Testing?

Known as a destructive test, burst pressure testing is performed to determine how much overload a part or system can endure before breaking completely. Our burst pressure testing applies increasing levels of pressure to the component or system until we determine the pressure at which it sustains permanent deformation, and eventually the pressure at which it fails entirely.

Burst Testing Benefits

  • With burst pressure testing you can determine the exact limits of your component’s design. Because of their important role within a system, some components are deliberately over-engineered for increased safety and reliability. Use burst testing to pinpoint the level at which a component can no longer function.
  • Determine the sources of failure. Is a component more likely to leak or fail catastrophically? Burst testing can give you the answer.
  • Find out what aspects of a design or manufacturing process are flawed. An effective burst pressure test can help indicate areas for improvement in manufacturing processes, such as welding procedures.

The challenge with burst pressure testing is its customization. There is no strict procedure for pressure testing – the test must be designed and executed based on the component and the requirements in question. Maxbar’s approach calls for extreme flexibility, using the sensors and equipment needed to get the job done. We have the following forms of testing in our facility:

  • Air testing up to 6,000 PSI
  • Nitrogen or helium testing up to 30,000 PSI
  • Liquid testing up to 200,000 PSI

We utilize whatever instrumentation and gauges are required to collect the necessary data, ranging from manual charting to computer-based data logging. In addition, we can utilize strain gauges to measure component deformation. These small, high specialized electrical resistors are glued to a surface and detect even the smallest surface area changes. This information can be used to learn the pressure at which the test component begins to deform.

Affordable Burst Pressure Testing

Many companies don’t have specialized pressure testing facilities of their own. Some larger manufacturers do have pressure testing on hand, but in some cases are looking for alternatives because of the expense involved. We’ve designed our processes and facility to provide first-class pressure testing services at a reasonable price.

We have the expertise and flexibility to perform the burst pressure testing you need, no matter how demanding your particular requirements are. To learn more, contact us today.

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