Using acoustic emission to understand fatigue crack growth within a single load cycle

J. A. Pascoe*, D. S. Zarouchas, R. C. Alderliesten, R. Benedictus

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Current methods for prediction of fatigue crack growth are based on empirical correlations which do not take the crack growth behaviour within a single cycle into account. To improve these prediction methods, more understanding of the physical mechanisms of crack growth is required. In this research the acoustic emission technique was used to investigate the crack growth behaviour during a single fatigue cycle. It was found that crack growth can potentially occur both during loading and unloading, but only while the strain energy release rate is above a crack growth (CG) threshold value. The results suggest this CG threshold value is the same in both quasi-static and fatigue loading. Further work is necessary to fully understand the link between the received acoustic emission signals and the actual crack growth processes. Nevertheless, the paper shows the potential of acoustic emission to provide more insight into the physics of crack growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-300
Number of pages20
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018

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Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • Acoustic emission
  • Adhesive bonding
  • Crack growth
  • Fatigue


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