AEWG: Acoustic Emission Working Group


AEWG-60: Charleston, SC, June 19-20, 2018


AEWG-60: Meeting Announcement

The 60th Conference will be held at

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel, Charleston, SC,USA

June 19-20, 2018

AEWG general meetings are open to all interested individuals.


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Also provided for free download is the Journal of AE (JAE), all editions since Volume 1 to 31,
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The 60th meeting of the Acoustic Emission Working Group will be held June 19-20, 2018 at The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel, Charleston, SC. The meeting is open to all individuals interested in acoustic emission technology and applications.

Talks describing AE applications in any field, as well as advances in AE fundamentals, sensing, and signal processing, are invited.  In keeping with the working group character of the meeting, discussion of work in process is particularly welcome.  Students may submit an extended abstract for consideration for the AEWG Student Award.

Topics will cover all the areas of acoustic emission research, development and applications, including but not limited to:
  • Wave propagation of AE source mechanisms
  • Infrastructure and health monitoring
  • AE for composites
  • Advances in AE instrumentation and sensors
  • AE for materials/structure damage mechanics
  • AE applications for large scale structural testing
  • Novel signal processing approaches
  • Material research, fracture and fatigue failure mechanisms
  • Geosciences and rock mechanics
  • Orthopedics and biomechanics
  • Manufacturing applications
  • Diagnostic techniques & procedures
  • Codes and standards development
  • AE theories, methods, validation and verification


Workshop themes:

  • Acoustic Emission instrumentation, data processing and nondestructive/structural health monitoring applications
  • Acoustic Emission for materials/structural damage monitoring and identification
  • Analytical, numerical and computational modeling as well as validation of Acoustic Emission source and wave propagation effects


Meeting date: June 19-20, 2018
Program: Technical and business meetings will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19-20, with the AEWG banquet and awards ceremony on Wednesday evening:

Monday, June 18
15:00 – 17:00  Registration & Build-up for Sponsors and Exhibitors Queen Street Gallery
17:00 – 19:00  Welcome Reception
Hors d’oevres and cash bar
Meeting Street Terrace

Tuesday, June 19
7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast Queen Street Gallery
8:00 – 17:30 Technical Sessions and Committee Meetings Rutledge/Heyward Room

Wednesday, June 20
7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast Queen Street Gallery
8:00 – 17:30 Technical Sessions and  Business Meeting Rutledge/Heyward Room
18:00 – 19:00 Reception Meeting Street Terrace
19:00 – 21:00 Awards Banquet Planters Suite

Final Program:
AEWG-Program_Brochure_DEF_web.pdf [as of June 14, 2018, ca. 450 KB].
Please note: Program is subject to change.
Registration: Registration website open:

Unfortunately, we cannot accept on-site registrations. However you can register online until the day of the event. Please be prepared to show your registration confirmation when you pick-up your badge.

Registrations received after Thursday June 14 will not be included in the printed participants list that will be available at the event.

You can pick-up your registration badge during the following periods at Queen Street Gallery in front of the Rutledge/Heyward Room (1st Floor):

- Monday, June 18: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday, June 19: 7:00 – 9:00 AM, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
- Wednesday, June 20: 7:00 – 9:00 AM
Student Award
Students are encouraged to submit a paper for Student Award Competition consideration.
Submission Deadline for Student Award: March 19, 2018
Venue Information: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel, Charleston, SC
Lodging: A limited number of rooms has been blocked for participants at the meeting hotel The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel.

The room block has expired Monday May 21, 2018 at 5:00PM EST.

Please contact The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel directly to request room availability:
Parking: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel does not own or operate parking facilities. Current Parking fees per day are as follows but may change without notice:
  • Valet Parking rate currently at $32.00 per day and will be charged to individual guestrooms on a nightly basis.
  • Self-parking is located in the Charleston County Municipal Parking Garage located behind the Hotel. Self-parking is a separate charge paid directly to the garage upon exiting. 
Call For Abstracts: Call for Abstracts Open
Talks describing AE applications in any field, as well as advances in AE fundamentals, sensing, and signal processing, are invited.  In keeping with the working group character of the meeting, discussion of work in process is particularly welcome. As the 60th anniversary of AEWG is approaching, historical or retrospective talks on AE theory, technology, and personalities are particularly welcomed.
  • Please email abstracts to: Tanja van Tooren, e-mail:
  • The language used in this event is English, so please write your paper in English.
  • Please email an abstract for your paper in 100-300 words together with your paper.
  • Please attach the following personal information in the email:
    Author’s name, organization, address, phone number and email address.
  • The author will be notified within one month after submission of the papers.
  • Please submit abstract by January 20, 2018!
A variety of opportunities to sponsor this meeting are available.
Please contact Meeting Host Dr. Paul Ziehl, e-mail:
AEWG-60 Host and
Program Chair:
Dr. Paul H. Ziehl
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing
P: 803-467-4030
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50  years passed since the first meeting of Acoustic Emission Working Group (AEWG) was held in Idaho Falls, on February 8, 1968.
AEWG had its beginning in a discussion between Allen T. Green (then at Aerojet-General Corp., now at Acoustic Technology Group) and Jack Spanner (then at Battelle Northwest). Spanner arranged for a formative meeting of interested parties to be held in Alcoa, TN, on November 2, 1967.
The 12 people in attendance agreed to hold the first meeting in Idaho Falls in three months. At that time, eight others (T. Theodore Anderson, Thomas F. Drouilliard, Robert B. Engle. Robert G. Liptai, O.K. Mitchell, R. Neal Ord. Ronald E. Ringsmith and Richard K. Steele) joined to become the charter members of the AEWG.

The photo is from the AEWG formative meeting; top, from left Robert Moss. Boeing Scientific Research Lab. (Seattle) -deceased; Dwight Parry, Phillips Petroleum (Idaho Falls); Norm K. Sowards, Same; Harold Dunegan -deceised, Lawrence Radillion Lab. (Livermore); Brad H. Schofield, Teledyne Materials Research. (Waltham); Phil H. Hutton. Battelle Northwest (Richland); Allen Green. Aerojet-General Corp. (Sacramento); Herb N. Pederson. Battelle-Northwest (Richland); bottom, from left; Charles Musser, Boeing Michaud (New Orleans) -deceased; Jack Spanner, Battelle-Northwest (Richland)· Julian Frederick. Univ. of Michigan (Ann Arbor) -deceased; Not in picture, Harvey Balderson. Boeing Commercial Aircraft; deceased.  Baldemm took this picture. Also invited to the meeting, but not attended: C. Hartbower, Aerojet-General. W .R. Sturrock. Boeing. C. Tatto, Lawrence Radiation Lab.
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