STP697

    On-Line Safety Monitoring of a Large High Pressure High Temperature Autoclave

    Published: Jan 1979


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    Abstract

    Four years of experience with on-line monitoring of a large autoclave used primarily for forming bonds and material densification is reported. The purpose of this work is to confirm that no flaws are growing in the autoclave during operation. Failure of this device during operation could endanger personnel and would damage property. Its loss would seriously curtail several ongoing research efforts.

    The vessel is monitored with a commercial minicomputerized flaw location system. Four 4-sensor arrays are attached to the exterior of the device to receive acoustic emission signals. Computed locations are stored on cassette tape and selected portions can be displayed on a cathode ray screen. It is shown that although the minicomputer is implemented with two dimensional location software, the information can be reprocessed in a central computer to produce locations in three dimensions.

    Long-term storage of data, data display, noise analysis, calibration, and computerized location error analysis is discussed.

    No degradation by flaw growth has been detected in this device to date. This is the expected result, since it has an estimated 30-year life.

    Keywords:

    acoustic emission, pressure vessel, autoclave, nondestructive inspection, flaw growth, on-line monitoring, flaw location


    Author Information:

    Tatro, CA
    Research and advanced development engineer, technical associate, coordinator, and technician, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, Calif

    Brown, AE
    Research and advanced development engineer, technical associate, coordinator, and technician, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, Calif

    Freeman, TH
    Research and advanced development engineer, technical associate, coordinator, and technician, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, Calif

    Yanes, G
    Research and advanced development engineer, technical associate, coordinator, and technician, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, Calif


    Paper ID: STP35077S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E07.04

    DOI: 10.1520/STP35077S


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