Filament wound composite pressure vessel with thin-wall alloy liner might exist local buckling during manufacture and in service, this phenomenon have great influence on the security and service lifetime of pressure vessel. AE (acoustic emission) technique is employed to monitor the damage progression of the vessel during hydraulic pressure experiment. Two sensors of acoustic emission (AE) were attached to front dome and cylinder to monitoring the behavior of the vessel bearing maximum 4.5MPa water pressure during loading, keeping load and unloading. Meanwhile ten strain gauges were bonded to front dome, equator and cylinder of the outer surface by meridian and hoop direction respectively in order to monitor the vessel deformation characters. Analysis show that strain gauges is suitable for evaluate deformation character of the outer surface of the vessel. Analysis indicated AE is more suitable to monitoring the damage propagation of the vessel. AE analysis explained the local buckling of inner thin-wall liner.

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