ABS Acoustic Emission Technology

08 Dec 2016
AET is a passive non-destructive examination technology that has been successfully applied to detect and monitor crack propagation

AET is a passive non-destructive examination technology that has been successfully applied to detect and monitor crack propagation

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has published industry-leading guidance presents best practices for planning and executing Acoustic Emission Testing (AET).

The ‘ABS Guidance Notes on Structural Monitoring Using Acoustic Emissions’ addresses the latest technological shifts in industry, leveraging real-time monitoring to help owners and operators better understand the health of their assets and guide their maintenance and repair decisions.

“A primary goal at ABS is to improve safety without interrupting operations,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher,  J Wiernicki. “These new Guidance Notes (GN) provide a framework that will help companies perform AET in support of continuous health monitoring for their assets.”

Ships and offshore structures continue to become larger and more complex, requiring operators to have an in-depth knowledge of structural integrity.

AET is a passive non-destructive examination technology that has been successfully applied to detect and monitor crack propagation, corrosion activity, cavitation erosion and leaking in structures made of steel, aluminum, composites and other materials.

It’s seeing increasingly widening applications in a number of industries as a feasible way to detect weaknesses and monitor structural health in a broad spectrum of structures from storage tanks, suspension bridges, nuclear plants, pressure vessels and LNG tanks to mooring chains and airplanes.

This guidance was developed based on a series of joint industry projects in which owners, operators and ABS worked together to improve asset integrity applying this advanced health-monitoring technology.

Download the guidance at www.eagle.org

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