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Acoustic Emission Testing

Basics for Research – Applications in Engineering

  • Christian U. Grosse
  • Masayasu Ohtsu
  • Dimitrios G. Aggelis
  • Tomoki Shiotani
  • The only available book about AE for applications in engineering

  • Presents a good introduction to AE applications to different materials like concrete and steel

  • Revised and enlarged second edition


Part of the Springer Tracts in Civil Engineering book series (SPRTRCIENG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Basics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christian U. Grosse
      Pages 3-10
    3. Masayasu Ohtsu
      Pages 11-20
    4. Masayasu Ohtsu, Dimitrios G. Aggelis
      Pages 21-44
    5. Dimitrios G. Aggelis, Tomoki Shiotani
      Pages 45-71
    6. Thomas Schumacher, Lindsay Linzer, Christian U. Grosse
      Pages 73-116
    7. Jochen H. Kurz, Thomas Schumacher, Lindsay Linzer, Barbara Schechinger, Christian U. Grosse
      Pages 117-171
    8. Masayasu Ohtsu
      Pages 173-195
    9. Masayasu Ohtsu
      Pages 197-219
    10. Theodore E. Matikas, Dimitrios G. Aggelis
      Pages 221-245
  3. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Masayasu Ohtsu
      Pages 249-255
    3. Masayasu Ohtsu, Dimitrios G. Aggelis
      Pages 257-288
    4. Masayasu Ohtsu, Tomoki Shiotani, Mitsuhiro Shigeishi
      Pages 289-309
    5. Tomoki Shiotani
      Pages 311-337
    6. Dimitrios G. Aggelis, Christian U. Grosse, Tomoki Shiotani
      Pages 339-359
    7. Els Verstrynge, Giuseppe Lacidogna, Federico Accornero
      Pages 361-402
    8. Katrin Plenkers, Gerd Manthei, Grzegorz Kwiatek
      Pages 403-476
    9. Gerd Manthei, Arno Zang, Christian U. Grosse
      Pages 477-527

About this book


This book provides an introduction to Acoustic Emission Testing and its applications to different materials like concrete, steel, ceramics, geotechnical materials, polymers, biological structures and wood. Acoustic Emission Techniques (AET) techniques have been studied in engineering for a long time. The techniques are applied more and more to practical investigations and are more and more standardized in codes. This is because the degradation of structures due to ageing urgently demand for maintenance and rehabilitation of structures in service. It results in the need for the development of advanced and efficient inspection techniques. In mechanical engineering and concerning the monitoring of machines and mechanical components, AE is a widely accepted observing deterioration in the frame of structural health monitoring. The advantages of AE like sensitivity, damage localization potential, non-intrusive nature as well as developments in signal analysis and data transmission allow applications that could not be considered decades ago.

As such, AE techniques draw great attention to diagnostic applications and in material testing. This book covers all levels from the description of AE basics for AE beginners (level of a student) to sophisticated AE algorithms and applications to real large-scale structures as well as the observation of the cracking process in laboratory specimen to study fracture processes.

This book has proved its worth over the past twelve years. Now in its second edition, it will be a resource that sets the standard and equips readers for the future. All chapters from the 1st edition have been updated and rewritten and eight extra chapters (e.g also regarding AE tomography, AE in plate-like structures and AE for investigations of hardening of fresh concrete) have been added.


Health Monitoring Moment Tensor Analysis Parametric Analysis Rock Stability Signal-Based Analysis Source Localization Superstructures AE algorithms Aging structures AE techniques Material testing

Editors and affiliations

  • Christian U. Grosse
    • 1
  • Masayasu Ohtsu
    • 2
  • Dimitrios G. Aggelis
    • 3
  • Tomoki Shiotani
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Materials EngineeringTechnical University of MunichMünchenGermany
  2. 2.Graduate School of EngineeringKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  3. 3.MeMCVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  4. 4.Department of Civil and Earth Resources EngineeringGraduate School of Engineering Organization, Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

About the editors

Christian U. Grosse is professor of non-destructive testing at Technical University of Munich, Germany. His research in­terests focus on the application and development of non-destructive testing methods such as Acoustic Emission, Ultrasound, Impact-Echo, Vibration Analysis, Radar, IR Thermography as well as wired and wireless structural health monitoring. 

Masayasu Ohtsu is emeritus professor at Kumamoto University, Japan, and is currently adjunct professor at the Laboratory on Innovative Techniques for Infrastructures, Kyoto University, Japan. Working as a world leader in the applications of acoustic emission and non-destructive testing to concrete, he organized two technical committees: TC212-ACD and TC239-MCM in RILEM.

Dimitrios Aggelis is professor at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium. His main area of interest includes characterization of cementitious materials, expanding also to composites and metals by use of non-destructive inspection techniques focused on elastic wave propagation. He was the recipient of the RILEM Robert L’Hermite medal of 2012.

Tomoki Shiotani is professor at Kyoto University, Japan. His research fields involve advanced NDT to assess such infrastructures as road bridges, dams, piers and so forth. He is currently Chairman of Research on AE for the Japanese Society of Non-Destructive Testing (JSNDI), and is a Past-Chairman of the Acoustic Emission Working Group (AEWG), USA. He is one of the founders of the International Institute of Innovative Acoustic Emission (IIIAE). 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Acoustic Emission Testing
  • Book Subtitle Basics for Research – Applications in Engineering
  • Editors Christian U. Grosse
    Masayasu Ohtsu
    Dimitrios G. Aggelis
    Tomoki Shiotani
  • Series Title Springer Tracts in Civil Engineering
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Tracts in Civil Engineering
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-67935-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-67938-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-67936-1
  • Series ISSN 2366-259X
  • Series E-ISSN 2366-2603
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages X, 752
  • Number of Illustrations 162 b/w illustrations, 299 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Building Materials
    Noise Control
    Engineering Acoustics
    Solid Mechanics
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