Sunday, May 19, 2013

1305.3156 (Pedro O Castillo-Villa et al.)

Crackling noise during failure of alumina under compression: effect of

Pedro O Castillo-Villa, Jordi Baró, Antoni Planes, Ekhard K H Salje, Pathikumar Sellappan, Waltraud M Kriven, Eduard Vives
We study the acoustic emission avalanches during the failure process of porous alumina samples (Al2O3) under compression. Specimens with different porosities ranging from 30% to 59% have been synthetized from a mixture of fine-grained alumina and graphite. The compressive strength as well as the characteristics of the acoustic activity have been determined. The statistical analysis of the recorded acoustic emission pulses reveals, for all porosities, a broad distribution of energies with a fat tail, compatible with the existence of an underlying critical point. In the region of 35%-55% porosity, the energy distributions of the acoustic emission signals are compatible with a power law behavior over two decades in energy with an exponent \epsilon = 1.8+/-0.1.
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