Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 1301–1310 | Cite as

Testing E-glass fibre bundles using acoustic emission

  • A. Cowking
  • A. Attou
  • A. M. Siddiqui
  • M. A. S. Sweet
  • R. Hill


In tensile tests on lubricated bundles of a few hundred parallel E-glass fibres it is shown that individual fibre breaks, to the last fibre in the bundle, can be detected using acoustic emission (AE). By this means the single-fibre strength distribution is deduced. Relationships are obtained between some AE signal parameters and the fibre fracture stress which are consistent with theoretical expectations. Studies are made of the distribution of fibre break locations, the occurrences of multiple (stimulated) fibre breaks and the attenuation of the AE signals.


Polymer Attenuation Tensile Test Acoustic Emission Fracture Stress 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Cowking
    • 1
  • A. Attou
    • 1
  • A. M. Siddiqui
    • 1
  • M. A. S. Sweet
    • 1
  • R. Hill
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Applied SciencesRobert Gordon's Institute of TechnologyAberdeenUK
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry and PhysicsNottingham PolytechnicNottinghamUK

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