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Acoustic Emission

Physical Monitoring Principles

Physics-based and Data-driven Modeling of Structural Component Behavior

  1. Michael R. Gorman

Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470061626.shm004

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

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Gorman, M. R. 2009. Acoustic Emission. Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring. .

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  1. Digital Wave Corporation, Englewood, CO, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2009


In addition to a general summary of the field modal acoustic emission, four new things of significance are presented in this article: (i) how to roughly size fatigue crack depth in metal pressure vessels; (ii) delamination waveforms and relating acoustical energy to delamination size; (iii) a simple formula for predicting the front end frequency of the E wave as a function of plate thickness; (iv) wave shapes for an important range of plate thicknesses.


  • acoustic emission;
  • modal acoustic emission;
  • impact;
  • crack;
  • fatigue;
  • delamination;
  • wave propagation;
  • rocket motor;
  • pressure vessel;
  • composite material