ISO 18081:2016

Non-destructive testing — Acoustic emission testing (AT) — Leak detection by means of acoustic emission

Publication date:   May 24, 2016

General information

90.92 Standard to be revised   Apr 8, 2022


ISO/TC 135/SC 9 Acoustic emission testing

International Standard

19.100   Non-destructive testing



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ISO 18081:2016 specifies the general principles required for leak detection by acoustic emission testing (AT). It is addressed to the application of the methodology on structures and components, where a leak flow as a result of pressure differences appears and generates acoustic emission (AE).
It describes phenomena of the AE generation and influence of the nature of fluids, shape of the gap, wave propagation and environment.
The different application methods, instrumentation and presentation of AE results is discussed. Also included are guidelines for the preparation of application documents which describe specific requirements for the application of the AE method.
Different application examples are given.
Unless otherwise specified in the referencing documents, the minimum requirements of this International Standard are applicable.

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ISO 18081:2016
90.92 Standard to be revised
Apr 8, 2022


ISO/AWI 18081