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H-Class System dynamic leak test fails - WKB15309

Article number: 15309

SYMPTOMS

  • System dynamic leak test (DLT) fails to pressurize or compress When compression occurs, the accumulator actuator suffers very high leaks, above 11,000 psi.
    • QSM DLT passes New sample needle, inject valve/pod, and needle seat/seal SM-FTN calibrations and seal characterization pass.
    • Instrument fails to compress at 14,000 psi and cannot complete system DLT.
    • Pressure rises to ~13700 psi, drops to ~1000 psi, and then compresses again, forming a wave shape on the pressure trace Bypass vent valve: QSM repeatedly passes system DLT (values of 62 nL/min Accumulator and 23 nL Primary leak rates) Vent valve connected: DLT Accumulator leak rate is ~16,900 nL/min.

ENVIRONMENT

  • ACQUITY H-Class QSM ACQUITY H-Class FTN.

CAUSE

Faulty vent valve cartridge (pod); rotor seal unable to hold pressure (no compression). Intermittent leaking at port 1 tubing of vent valve (contributes to occasionally high leak rate).

FIX or WORKAROUND

  1. Replace part number 700002660 for the "ASSY, CARTRIDGE, VENT VALVE" in the QSM.
    • Reference ACQUITY UPLC H Class Quaternary Solvent Manager Operator’s Overview and Maintenance Guide.
      • See under "Maintaining the Quaternary solvent manager" and "Replacing the vent valve cartridge".
  2. Replace the following tubing assemblies to manage suspected leaks at high-pressure fittings:
  • 430002316 - ASSY, TUBE,  XDUCER - VENT VALVE, QSM 430002319 - ASSY, TUBE, VENT VALVE P2 TO FILTER, QSM 430002452 - ASSY, TUBING, GP PUMP OUTLET.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Mobile phase:
    • Line A: water with 0.1% acetic acid Line B: methanol with 0.1% acetic acid.

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