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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 6210594, 11 pages
Research Article

The Time-Space Joint Response Characteristics of AE-UT under Step Loading and Its Application

1Key Laboratory of Gas and Fire Control for Coal Mines, China University of Mining and Technology, Ministry of Education, Xuzhou 221116, China
2School of Safety Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221116, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Xiaofei Liu and Enyuan Wang

Received 12 August 2017; Revised 24 November 2017; Accepted 5 December 2017; Published 18 January 2018

Academic Editor: Andrzej Katunin

Copyright © 2018 Xiaoran Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The acoustic emission (AE) and ultrasonic (UT) simultaneous monitoring program is designed using concrete samples under step loading. The time-varying response characteristics of AE-UT are studied and the cross-correlation analysis between AE-UT parameters is obtained. Moreover, the joint response of UT-AE spatial distribution field is analyzed, and an AE-UT joint monitoring method to detect early-warning signals of a rockburst disaster in a coal seam is proposed. The results show the following. During the loading process, the AE pulses/energy and UT attenuation coefficient first slowly decrease and then increase steadily and finally rapidly increase, while the UT velocity shows a trend of first gradually increasing and then slowly decreasing and finally a sharp decline. AE pulses and energy are significantly or highly correlated with the UT velocity and attenuation coefficient. The AE energy and UT attenuation coefficient can better characterize the damage evolution of concrete under step loading. The UT field evolves ahead of the rupture on the surface, and the long/narrow strip distribution region of UT parameters is consistent with the future failure zone; meanwhile, the AE events can visually reflect the evolution path of internal damage as well as the dynamic migration mechanism of UT field.