Issue Date:  June 4, 2003
Revision Date: April 28, 2005

MassTech International, Ltd.

MassTech Analog Acoustic Vacuum Method
(Vacuum Test)


Certification Leak rate of 0.1 gph with PD = 96.2% and PFA = 0%.
Leak Threshold Tank ullage should not be declared tight when the acoustic signal characteristic of a leak is detected.
Applicability Gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel, fuel oil #4, waste oil. Empty tanks may also be tested.
Product-filled portion of the tank must be tested using an underfill test method.
Tank Capacity Maximum ullage volume is 20,000 gallons.
Waiting Time None between delivery and testing.
Test Period Minimum of 2 minutes.
There must be no dispensing or delivery during test.
Test Pressure A nominal vacuum of 1.5 psig must be maintained in the ullage.
Temperature Acoustic signal is independent of product temperature.
Groundwater Depth to groundwater in tank excavation backfill must be determined.
If groundwater or other liquid is present outside tank ullage, test must not be used.
Comments Microphone (hydrophone) should be located within 25 feet of any possible leak source.
Noise signals are tape recorded (not digitally recorded) so that test data can be reviewed by the test operator or other qualified individuals.
Since the method depends on an audible interpretation of the signal, the test must be conducted under reasonably quiet conditions.
Vibrations due to heavy traffic, nearby trains, or construction activities could produce sound levels that could compromise the test.
Vacuum test method may not be effective in some tank excavation backfill (such as clay) because it may plug holes in tank.
If free product is present in tank excavation backfill, a leak in the free product zone may not be detected by a vacuum test method.
A well point or observation well in the tank excavation backfill may help determine backfill material, water level in tank excavation backfill, and free product.
Operators must be trained and certified by the manufacturer.


MassTech International, Ltd.

Evaluator:  Ken Wilcox Associates, Inc.

102 Basile Road

Tel:  (816) 443-2494

Scott, LA 70583

Date of Evaluation:  01/02/01

Tel:  (337) 896-8230



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