Fault detection and diagnosis of historical vehicle engines using acoustic emission techniques

Alejandro Roda-Buch, Emilie Cornet, Guillaume Rapp, Brice Chalançon, Stefano Mischler, Laura Brambilla


The reactivation of artefact mechanisms is always a challenge for conservators. Non-invasive diagnostic techniques, applicable directly on the artifacts, allows for performing early-stage diagnostics and avoiding damage. The Acoustic Emission Monitoring of Historical Vehicles (ACUME_HV) project represents the first use of acoustic emission (AE) as a non-invasive technique for the diagnostics of historical vehicles. The aim of this project is to develop an objective, human-independent method. This will help museum personnel to make decisions regarding the reactivation of historical vehicle engines using measurements and data analysis rather than merely personal experience. Herein, we present the results of the first phase of the ACUME_HV project, which was focused on the development of a protocol for the use of AE during cold tests.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21014/acta_imeko.v10i1.853