Experimental evidence of the compatibility of the cumulative electromagnetic energy release data, with the hierarchical models for the catastrophic fracturing process
- Section of Solid State Physics, Department of Physics, University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis 15784, Zografos, Greece
Abstract. In this paper, we performed experiments of uniaxial compression of granite samples and recorded time series of electromagnetic pulses during the evolution of the catastrophic fracturing process. The cumulative energy release of the electromagnetic emission (EME) up to the critical point at the moment of rupture was then calculated. It was shown, that the validity of the proposed hierarchy models for the catastrophic fracturing process of composite materials, in analogy to critical phenomena, can be experimentally established not only via acoustic emission data, but via electromagnetic emission data as well. The above conclusion could be a useful tool for the improvement of the earthquake prediction method, based on precursory electromagnetic signals.