Articles | Volume 7, issue 1
26 Jan 2007
 | 26 Jan 2007

Electric signal emissions during repeated abrupt uniaxial compressional stress steps in amphibolite from KTB drilling

D. Triantis, C. Anastasiadis, F. Vallianatos, P. Kyriazis, and G. Nover

Abstract. Laboratory experiments have confirmed that the application of uniaxial stress on rock samples is accompanied by the production of weak electric currents, to which the term Pressure Stimulated Currents – PSC has been attributed. In this work the PSC emissions in amphibolite samples from KTB drilling are presented and commented upon. After having applied sequential loading and unloading cycles on the amphibolite samples, it was ascertained that in every new loading cycle after unloading, the emitted PSC exhibits lower peaks. This attitude of the current peaks is consistent with the acoustic emissions phenomena, and in this work is verified for PSC emissions during loading – unloading procedures. Consequently, the evaluation of such signals can help to correlate the state and the remaining strength of the sample with respect to the history of its mechanical stress.