2016 Volume 57 Issue 5 Pages 674-680
Acoustic Emission (AE) technique is one of the nondestructive methods to evaluate the size, location and generation time of deformation or damage of material in real times. Generally AE sensors are directly attached on the surface of the component to detect AE wave, however this method brings about inconvenient setting to many industrial processes. In the present study, an arrangement of AE sensors was investigated to monitor laser shock peening (LSP). Instead of direct attachment of the sensors on the target, several AE sensors were located in the water layer to detect acoustic wave propagating through the water. The results showed that the sensor arrangement has a good performance to monitor LSP. Impact pressures during LSP process were obtained from detected AE waveforms by deconvolution technique. In addition, with AE measurement, sample surface was observed by high speed camera and investigated phenomena during LSP process.