Acoustic Emission Testing (AE)

AE was developed to assess the integrity of pressure-containing equipment in the nuclear power industry. Acoustic sensors are attached to the O.D. surface of the equipment to detect and locate flaws in the material during a pressure test. AE can be a very useful NDE method to use for the in-service inspection of pressure vessels, especially because one test will cover all components of a vessel and weld joints in the shell.

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