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Guides How To Leak Test a Custom Water-Cooling Loop

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by bit-tech, 22 Nov 2018.

  1. bit-tech

    bit-tech Supreme Overlord Staff Administrator

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  2. cobalt6700

    cobalt6700 Active Member

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    Not possible. New W/C loops always make me moist.


    All joking aside - great guide. I would like to see you point out the risks around pneumatic testing though. Hydraulic testing is always the preferred method as there is little stored energy, and pneumatic testing is only used as a last resort where hydraulic is impractical, as testing with air creates a lot of stored energy.

    I agree that doing it with a Dr Drop is a safer way to do it - but for those who maybe couldn't afford one and grabbed the bike pump out to test their system could end up with parts in more than one place.
     
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  3. edzieba

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    Hydro-testing is indeed safer, but that's more of a concern for 300-bar cylinders and the like. For a WC loop, if you're hitting even 1 bar ATM then you're already well outside component spec and have probably popped an o-ring, and the volume is so low that a catastrophic blowout would barely register as a light breeze.
     
  4. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    I vaguely remember a thread on another forum where someone tried using an air compressor. :worried:
     
  5. cobalt6700

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    Yeah, sort of. Hydraulic testing is used widely in industry as it’s the safest way to pressure test systems (part of my day job). Pneumatic testing is only used where absolutely necessary, and with strict safety measures.

    B-T has written a guide to teach people on how to pressure test, so should inform people properly :) It’s not a hard, arduous or difficult task to write a couple of lines to make people aware.

    I agree that you are out of component spec at those pressures, have you carried out any testing to back up your theory?

    :worried: That’s not good.
     
  6. jb0

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    Good for the executor, no. Good for the audience, yes.
     
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    So, we're looking at about 7-10 PSI then for an air pressure test?
     
  8. cobalt6700

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    Aqua Computer state 0.5 Bar (7.2 PSI) as a test pressure, not to exceed 0.6 Bar (8.7 PSI)
     
  9. LePhuronn

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    Cool, cheers
     
  10. ZERO <ibis>

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    Testing first with air is always a lot easier. But it is always smart to follow with an actual leak test because you never know.

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  11. edzieba

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    Presumably a good test pressure would be found by looking up your chosen pump's maximum head pressure, then adding a little extra to avoid passing a marginal setup (e.g. so closing a drain valve doesn't cause a pressure spike that pops out a tube).
     
  12. ifohancroft

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    What does Not .5 mean? I mean I kept hearing (Not Point Five Bars) in the video.
     
  13. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    "Nought point five bars," I'd guess (though I haven't watched the video myself.) 0.5. Zero point five. Nought point five. Zip point five. Point five. Oh point five. Nothin' but point five. Pick yer favourite.
     
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