A burst test is a destructive test and performed to determine the pressure overload capacity of pressure vessels. Burst tests are performed with fluids such as water or oil. Tests are performed with all sorts of components such as hoses, pipes, pressure vessels and other components from various industries.
A burst test can be part of research and development, pre- and during production to ensure ensure safety and quality of material and components. In some cases burst tests are combined with pressure pulsation tests to determine the operating pressure and design life of the component, while understanding the maximum pressure and part failure with the burst test.