Unifying acoustic emission and digital imaging observations of quasi-brittle fracture

Qing Lin, Bin Wan, Yan Wang, Y. Lu, Joseph F. Labuz

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Acoustic emission (AE) and digital image correlation (DIC) were used to characterize the fracture process zone (FPZ) in Berea sandstone, a quasi-brittle material with a maximum grain size of 1 mm. The complimentary techniques of AE and DIC provide information on (i) damage throughout the volume, including AE locations and relative energy, and (ii) detailed DIC measurements of opening displacements associated with the FPZ. Three types of specimens were tested by three-point bending: center notch, smooth boundary, and large radius center notch. Experimental results indicate the following: (1) The length of FPZ is about 10 times longer than the maximum grain size. (2) The evaluation of energy based on the two different measurements, AE and DIC, is consistent with a linear softening law for the FPZ. (3) The fracture energy is estimated to be 120–140 J/m2, about seven times greater than the fracture energy based on linear fracture mechanics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102301
JournalTheoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics
StatePublished - Oct 2019

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Funding Information:
The authors sincerely thank the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51304225 , 51774305 ), the Foundation of State Key Laboratory of Petroleum Resources and Prospecting , China University of Petroleum, Beijing (No. PRP/open-1402 ).

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  • AE energy
  • Acoustic emission (AE)
  • Digital image correlation (DIC)
  • Fracture energy
  • Fracture process zone (FPZ)
  • Softening law


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