Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering

, Volume 51, Issue 3, pp 729–745 | Cite as

Experimental Study on Mechanical and Acoustic Emission Characteristics of Rock-Like Material Under Non-uniformly Distributed Loads

  • Xiao Wang
  • Zhijie Wen
  • Yujing Jiang
  • Hao Huang
Original Paper


The mechanical and acoustic emission characteristics of rock-like materials under non-uniform loads were investigated by means of a self-developed mining-induced stress testing system and acoustic emission monitoring system. In the experiments, the specimens were divided into three regions and different initial vertical stresses and stress loading rates were used to simulate different mining conditions. The mechanical and acoustic emission characteristics between regions were compared, and the effects of different initial vertical stresses and different stress loading rates were analysed. The results showed that the mechanical properties and acoustic emission characteristics of rock-like materials can be notably localized. When the initial vertical stress and stress loading rate are fixed, the peak strength of region B is approximately two times that of region A, and the maximum acoustic emission hit value of region A is approximately 1–2 times that of region B. The effects of the initial vertical stress and stress loading rate on the peck strain, maximum hit value, and occurrence time of the maximum hit are similar in that when either of the former increase, the latter all decrease. However, peck strength will increase with the increase in loading rate and decrease with the increase in initial vertical stress. The acoustic emission hits can be used to analyse the damage in rock material, but the number of acoustic emission hits cannot be used alone to determine the degree of rock damage directly.


Mining-induced stress Rock-like material Initial vertical stress Stress loading rate 

List of symbols

P1, P2, P3, P4, or P5

One of the vertical stresses of the non-uniformly distributed loads

F1, F2, or F3

One of the horizontal stresses of the non-uniformly distributed loads


Physical Acoustics Corporation


Acoustic emission


Stress loading rate


The stop loading threshold of the test machine


Damage variable


Damage of region A


Damage of region B


Damage critical value


Initial vertical stress


Stress of region A


Stress of region B


Peak strength


Residual strength


The time of occurrence of the maximum number of hits of region A


The time of occurrence of the maximum number of hits of region B


The total number of acoustic emission hits from a specimen in a certain (short) amount of time


The total number of acoustic emission hits counted for a specimen that has been completely damaged


Elastic modulus of an intact specimen





The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51304126), the Fok Ying Tung Education Foundation (No. 141046), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2013M541918), the State Key Laboratory of Open Funds (No. SKLGDUEK1520, No. MDPC201703), the Tai’shan Scholar Engineering Construction Fund of Shandong Province of China, the Tai’shan Scholar Talent Team Support Plan for Advanced and Unique Discipline Areas, and the State Key Research Development Programme of China (No. 2016YFC0600708).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiao Wang
    • 1
    • 3
  • Zhijie Wen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yujing Jiang
    • 1
  • Hao Huang
    • 4
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Mining Disaster Prevention and Control Co-founded by Shandong Province and the Ministry of Science and TechnologyShandong University of Science and TechnologyQingdaoChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory for GeoMechanics and Deep Underground EngineeringChina University of Mining and TechnologyBeijingChina
  3. 3.School of Civil EngineeringSoutheast UniversityNanjingChina
  4. 4.Kiso-Jiban Consultants Co., Ltd.TokyoJapan

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