ISRM Suggested Method for In Situ Acoustic Emission Monitoring of the Fracturing Process in Rock Masses

  • Xia-Ting FengEmail author
  • R. P. Young
  • J. M. Reyes-Montes
  • Ömer Aydan
  • Tsuyoshi Ishida
  • Jian-Po Liu
  • Hua-Ji Liu
ISRM Suggested Method


The purpose of this ISRM Suggested Method is to describe a methodology for in situ acoustic emission monitoring of the rock mass fracturing processes occurring as a result of excavations for tunnels, large caverns in the fields of civil, rock slopes and mining engineering, etc. In this Suggested Method, the equipment that is required for an acoustic emission monitoring system is described; the procedures are outlined and illustrated, together with the methods for data acquisition and processing for improving the monitoring results. There is an explanation of the methods for presenting and interpreting the results, and recommendations are supported by several examples.


Suggested method Fracturing process In situ Acoustic emission monitoring Rock mechanics 


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The authors declare that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors; that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xia-Ting Feng
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • R. P. Young
    • 3
  • J. M. Reyes-Montes
    • 4
    • 5
  • Ömer Aydan
    • 6
  • Tsuyoshi Ishida
    • 7
  • Jian-Po Liu
    • 1
  • Hua-Ji Liu
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for the Safe Mining of Deep Metal MinesNortheastern UniversityShenyangChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Institute of Rock and Soil MechanicsChinese Academy of SciencesWuhanChina
  3. 3.Lassonde InstituteUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological SciencesUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  5. 5.Vinci TechnologiesNanterreFrance
  6. 6.Department of Civil Engineering and ArchitectureUniversity of the RyukyusOkinawaJapan
  7. 7.Department of Civil and Earth Resources EngineeringKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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