In the seismo-acoustic method for studying stress and fracture in rock, we analyze changes in the character of elastic vibrations, either excited in the specimens by an external source or arising during the formation of fracture surfaces. The use of external excitation is based on the fact that the elastic moduli of rocks increase when the rocks are subjected to static loads [1]. By measurements of physical parameters related to the elastic moduli (i. e., velocity of elastic wave propagation, frequency of natural vibrations of shaped pieces of rock), we can thus estimate changes of stress in the rock [1–4]. The use of fracture-surface formation is based on the fact that the characteristics of elastic pulses accompanying fissure formation and growth change in a way which reflects the fracture dynamics [5–7], The present paper examines results of laboratory investigations of both types.


Coal Seam Elastic Wave Rock Burst Rock Specimen Flexural Vibration 
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