ASTM E1781 / E1781M - 13

    Standard Practice for Secondary Calibration of Acoustic Emission Sensors

    Active Standard ASTM E1781 / E1781M | Developed by Subcommittee: E07.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.03


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The purpose of this practice is to enable the transfer of calibration from sensors that have been calibrated by primary calibration to other sensors.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers requirements for the secondary calibration of acoustic emission (AE) sensors. The secondary calibration yields the frequency response of a sensor to waves of the type normally encountered in acoustic emission work. The source producing the signal used for the calibration is mounted on the same surface of the test block as the sensor under testing (SUT). Rayleigh waves are dominant under these conditions; the calibration results represent primarily the sensor's sensitivity to Rayleigh waves. The sensitivity of the sensor is determined for excitation within the range of 100 kHz to 1 MHz. Sensitivity values are usually determined at frequencies approximately 10 kHz apart. The units of the calibration are volts per unit of mechanical input (displacement, velocity, or acceleration).

    1.2 Units—The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standards.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E114 Practice for Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Straight-Beam Contact Testing

    E494 Practice for Measuring Ultrasonic Velocity in Materials

    E1106 Test Method for Primary Calibration of Acoustic Emission Sensors

    E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.140.01 (Acoustic measurements and noise abatement in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E1781_E1781M

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E1781 / E1781M-13, Standard Practice for Secondary Calibration of Acoustic Emission Sensors, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org

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