Fracture monitoring by acoustic emission: recent applications of parameter-based characterization

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The present paper describes a collection of fracture monitoring cases in different materials. The cases examined include bending of textile reinforced cement (TRC), hybrid concrete-TRC lightweight beams, granite, additive manufacturing metal components, combined loading of human femur bone and pull-out in reinforced concrete. In all cases the basic role is played by acoustic emission (AE). It is shown that certain waveform parameters exhibit strong sensitivity to the rate of fracture as well as the dominant fracture mode. Parameters like frequency content and the duration of the signals supply real time trends that in the present cases are verified by optical techniques. It is concluded that AE supplies important information and allows the prediction of how the material will behave based on the initial AE recordings and before serious damage is inflicted. AE shows a very broad application range; however, the contribution of combination with other techniques is highlighted in order to increase the reliability of the interpretation of AE results.
Period30 May 2016
Event titleFramcos 9, 9th International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures
Event typeConference
LocationBerkeley, United States