ASTM E2983 - 14

    Standard Guide for Application of Acoustic Emission for Structural Health Monitoring

    Active Standard ASTM E2983 | Developed by Subcommittee: E07.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.04


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This guide can be used in the development of acoustic emission applications for structural health monitoring.

    5.2 Accuracy, robustness, and efficiency of AE-SHM can be enhanced by following the steps and fundamental principles described in the guide.

    1. Scope

    1.1 Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is a field of engineering that deals with diagnosis and monitoring of structures during their operation. The primary goal of SHM is detection, identification, assessment, and monitoring of flaws or fault conditions that affect or may affect the future safety or performance of structures. SHM combines elements of nondestructive testing and evaluation, condition/process monitoring, statistical pattern recognition, and physical modeling.

    1.2 The acoustic emission (AE) method uniquely fits the concept of SHM due to its capabilities to periodically or continuously examine structures and assess structural integrity during their normal operation.

    1.3 In this guide, the definitions and fundamental principles for applying the AE method for SHM tasks are elaborated. This includes:

    1.3.1 Terminology and definitions of SHM by the AE method,

    1.3.2 Outline the recommended process of AE-SHM, and

    1.3.3 Fundamental requirements regarding development of the SHM procedures, including selection of appropriate AE apparatus, data acquisition and analysis methods, diagnosis, monitoring and prediction.

    1.4 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

    E543 Specification for Agencies Performing Nondestructive Testing

    E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations

    ISO Standards

    ISO 9712 Non-destructive Testing--Qualification and Certification of NDT Personnel

    ISO/DIS 10303–226 Industrial Automation Systems and Integration--Product Data Representation and Exchange

    Other Referenced Documents

    ANSI/ASNT CP-189 Standard for Qualification and Certification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel

    NAS-410 NDT Certification

    SNT-TC-1A Personnel Qualification and Certification in Nondestructive Testing


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 19.100 (Non-destructive testing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


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    DOI: 10.1520/E2983-14

    Citation Format

    ASTM E2983-14, Standard Guide for Application of Acoustic Emission for Structural Health Monitoring, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.org

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