STP1139: Georgia Power Company Acoustic Emission Test Program

    Bingham, AH
    Project engineer and senior inspector, Research Center, Georgia Power Company, Forest Park, GA

    Veal, WC
    Project engineer and senior inspector, Research Center, Georgia Power Company, Forest Park, GA

    Pages: 21    Published: Jan 1992


    Abstract

    Aerial personnel devices are common equipment in industry today. At an electrical utility, aerial devices are used to position personnel and equipment during line work. Periodic mechanical and electrical tests are necessary to determine the integrity of the boom structure. This paper contains a brief overview of the Georgia Power fleet and the acoustic emission test program. The actual mechanics of a day to day test program are discussed. The acoustic emission acceptance criteria used by Georgia Power for aerial devices is discussed, and actual test results are examined to show the test program benefits. Safety, reduced service intervals, and extended service life can be assured with an adequate testing program.

    Keywords:

    Aerial Personnel Devices, Acoustic Emission (AE), Structural Integrity, Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) booms, composites


    Paper ID: STP15856S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F18.55

    DOI: 10.1520/STP15856S


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