Standard Historical Last Updated: Dec 19, 2022
ASTM E2076/E2076M-15

Standard Practice for Examination of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Fan Blades Using Acoustic Emission

Significance and Use

5.1 The AE examination method detects structurally significant flaws in FRP structures via test loading. The damage mechanisms that are detected in FRP include resin cracking, fiber debonding, fiber pullout, fiber breakage, delamination, and secondary bond failure.

5.2 Flaws in unstressed areas will not generate detectable AE.

5.3 Flaws located with AE may be examined by other methods.


1.1 This practice provides guidelines for acoustic emission (AE) examinations of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) fan blades of the type used in industrial cooling towers and heat exchangers.

1.2 This practice uses simulated service loading to determine structural integrity.

1.3 This practice will detect sources of acoustic emission in areas of sensor coverage that are stressed during the course of the examination.

1.4 This practice applies to examinations of new and in-service fan blades.

1.5 This practice is limited to fan blades of FRP construction, with length (hub centerline to tip) of less than 3 m [10 ft], and with fiberglass content greater than 15 % by weight.

1.6 AE measurements are used to detect emission sources. Other nondestructive examination (NDE) methods may be used to evaluate the significance of AE sources. Procedures for other NDE methods are beyond the scope of this practice.

1.7 Units—The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately 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 standard.

1.8 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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 03.03
Developed by Subcommittee: E07.04
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.1520/E2076_E2076M-15
ICS Code: 19.100