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Acoustic emission structural health management systems (AE-SHMS)
Author(s): Richard David Finlayson; Mark A. Friesel; Mark F. Carlos; Ronnie K. Miller; Valery Godinez
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Paper Abstract

Many of today's methods of inspecting structures are very time consuming, labor intensive and in many cases (due to limited access), impractical. In addition, long shutdown times are required to perform the inspections, thus creating tremendous expenses associated with manpower, materials and lost production. With continuing advances in signal processing and communications a significant interest has been shown in developing new diagnostic technologies for monitoring the integrity of structures with known defects, or for detecting new defects, in real time with minimum human involvement. The continued use of aging structures, especially in regard to the airworthiness of aging aircraft, is a major area of concern. Recent developments in both active and passive Acoustic Emission monitoring as an advanced tool for 'Structural Health Management Systems (SHMS),' are illustrated by using two recently developed acoustic emission systems; the Acoustic Emission-Health and Usage Monitoring System (AE-HUMS) helicopter drivetrain health monitoring system, and the Acoustic Emission Flight Instrument System (AEFIS) composite health monitoring system. The data collected with these types of systems is processed with advanced data screening and classification techniques, which are employed to take full advantage of parametric and waveform-based acoustic emission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3994, Nondestructive Evaluation of Aging Aircraft, Airports, and Aerospace Hardware IV, (5 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.385016
Show Author Affiliations
Richard David Finlayson, Physical Acoustics Corp. (United States)
Mark A. Friesel, Physical Acoustics Corp. (United States)
Mark F. Carlos, Physical Acoustics Corp. (United States)
Ronnie K. Miller, Physical Acoustics Corp. (United States)
Valery Godinez, Physical Acoustics Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3994:
Nondestructive Evaluation of Aging Aircraft, Airports, and Aerospace Hardware IV
Ajit K. Mal, Editor(s)

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