Evaluation of Acoustic Emission Tests (AET) to Investigate Rock Burst

Lukas Gottsbacher, Angelika Klammer, Thomas Marcher, Joshua Biermann

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Rock burst is a violent rock failure process posing a significant threat to human safety in mining and tunnelling construction. This makes it of upmost importance to learn more about this hazard and develop a method to predict it. In the presented paper, a system to record acoustic emission during uniaxial loading and how to evaluate the recorded data in regard to rock burst is explained. The testing equipment and testing procedure are described in great detail and the results are evaluated and classified. Uniaxial compression tests were carried out for rock samples and artificial samples, during those tests acoustic emissions were recorded and evaluated through sophisticated software. By combining the different methods of determining certain crack class indicators, it was possible to classify the results in so-called deformation phases. From the certain properties of those deformation phases conclusion were drawn on the probability of rock burst occurring. The number of acoustic hits and the energy release recorded during the acoustic emission test are evaluated in regard to rock burst as well.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication54th U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event54th U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 28 Jun 20201 Jul 2020


Conference54th U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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