Development of Practical Wideband High-Fidelity Acoustic Emission Sensors
Marvin A. Hamstad
The development of a series of wideband acoustic emission (AE) sensor/preamplifier systems is described. Key design factors are discussed along with the actual design and characterization of the sensors. These new sensors with integral amplification are out-of-plane, displacement response sensors nearly independent of frequency over a range from as low as 30 to 50 kHz up to 1.2 MHz. The sensor design includes electromagnetic shielding and mechanical protection of the sensitive elements. More importantly, these practical sensors have signal-to-noise sensitivity that is equivalent to typical commercial resonant sensor/preamplifier systems operating from 100 kHz to 300 kHz. A mounting fixture for the sensors has also been developed.
International Conference on Trends in Optical Nondestructive Testing