AE Steel is a high tech start-up founded to develop acoustic emission (AT) technology. This work is a continuation of research conducted in leading European research centers: Institute of Fundamental Technological Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Silesian University of Technology, and Politecnico di Milano. The goal of AE Steel is to develop solutions that use AT to reduce costs associated with the operation of industrial infrastructure to the maximum and, at the same time, to reduce technical risks.
The main purpose of AE testing of pressure equipment is to detect, locate and evaluate EA signal sources caused by surface and internal discontinuities in walls, welds and other components of the test object. The AT reveals active AE sources generated by cracks or other material discontinuities, corrosive processes, leakages and plastic deformation.
Testing covers only the parts of the equipment that are subject to stress during the test, therefore the test can cover either the entirety of the equipment or only its part. The scope of the AT examination is being determined each time based on the analysis of the equipment’s structure.
The fundamental reason for the accelerated degradation of transformer oil are partial discharges. Its evaluation is possible with three methods:
Partial discharge detection with acoustic emissions is used with success during their normal operation. Locating internal transformer malfunction enables decreasing the cost of repair. It enables the analysis of the development of internal malfunctions and to make justified decisions about their further operation. As a result, it is possible to plan repairs, which prevents potential malfunctions. This is the simplest and cheapest of the available methods of partial discharge monitoring.
AE Steel experts have over 20 years of experience in applying structural health monitoring and acoustic emission testing gained during the implementation of projects in Poland, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Denmark and Vietnam for oil and gas industry, nuclear and conventional energy, aeronautic and aerospace industries. AE experts have level 1, 2 and 3 certificates in a variety of NDT methods, such as penetrant testing, leak testing, acoustic emission testing, visual testing and ultrasonic testing.
DES develops visual monitoring technologies for optimal infrastructure management, especially using mobile solutions. It has a unique offer which is the effect of the contributions of an interdisciplinary, international team combining expertise in various fields, such as optoelectronics, robotics, artificial neural networks, machine learning, structural health monitoring, programming, BIM, AR, probability modelling, risk assessment and predictive maintenance.
ETS Sistemi Industriali Srl is an Italian company with headquarters in Milan. Founded in 1996. ETS from its conception has been implementing non-destructive testing in industry. It is a leading Italian company in the field of acoustic emission. It provides its services throughout the world. Additionally, the company offers services such as leak testing, thermography or helium leak testing.
The company specializes in monitoring, diagnostic and simulation solutions in acoustics and vibrations. It represents the leaders of the field in Poland and its technological solutions are used by the automotive, aerospace and defense industries. The offer is complemented by active thermovision, including software and thermovision cameras.