Potential of acoustic emissions from three point bending tests as rock failure precursors

Z. Agioutantis, K. Kaklis, S. Mavrigiannakis, M. Verigakis, F. Vallianatos, V. Saltas

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Development of failure in brittle materials is associated with microcracks, which release energy in the form of elastic waves called acoustic emissions. This paper presents results from acoustic emission measurements obtained during three point bending tests on Nestos marble under laboratory conditions. Acoustic emission activity was monitored using piezoelectric acoustic emission sensors, and the potential for accurate prediction of rock damage based on acoustic emission data was investigated. Damage localization was determined based on acoustic emissions generated from the critically stressed region as scattered events at stresses below and close to the strength of the material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-160
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Mining Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the THALES Program of the Ministry of Education of Greece and the European Union in the framework of the project “Integrated understanding of Seismicity, using innovative methodologies of Fracture Mechanics along with Earthquake and Non-Extensive Statistical Physics-Application to the geodynamic system of the Hellenic Arc-SEISMO FEAR HELLARC”.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of China University of Mining & Technology.


  • Acoustic emissions
  • Crack localization
  • Indirect tensile strength
  • Nestos marble
  • Three point bending test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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