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74th Edition, August 1974

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High-Voltage Electrical Inspection of Pipeline Coatings

Includes all amendments and changes through Reaffirmation Notice , March 2004

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Superseded By: NACE SP0274

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Product Details:

  • Revision: 74th Edition, August 1974
  • Published Date: March 31, 2004
  • Status: Superseded By:
  • Superseded By: NACE SP0274
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: NACE International (NACE)
  • Page Count: 6
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: Yes

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Electrical inspection (holiday detection) is a test of the continuity of a protective coating. This type of inspection does not provide information concerning coating resistance, bond, physical characteristics, or the overall quality of the coating, nor is it intended to do so. It detects bubble or blister-type voids, cracks, thin spots, and foreign inclusions or contaminants in the coating that are of such size, number, or conductivity as to lower the electrical resistance or dielectric strength of the coating significantly.

Use of a holiday detector should be at the discretion of the coating inspector. An initial holiday inspection, performed as soon after the application of the coating as practicable, serves to check the materials and the application procedures. A final coating inspection, performed before lowering-in operations, will disclose any defect or damage (except disbonding) that has occurred during the construction period.

This standard presents acknowledged techniques for the use of holiday detectors currently used on pipeline coatings and presents a table of recommended voltages for various coating thicknesses. These recommendations do not apply to thin-film coatings (i.e., coating materials usually applied by a fusion-bonding process). Thin-film pipeline coatings are generally applied to a dry-film thickness less than 0.5 mm (20 mils).