Experimentally Achievable Accuracy Using a Digital Image Correlation Technique in measuring Small-Magnitude (<0.1%) Homogeneous Strain Fields.

Alice Acciaioli, Giacomo Lionello, Massimiliano Baleani

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Abstract

Measuring small-magnitude strain fields using a digital image correlation (DIC) technique is challenging, due to the noise-signal ratio in strain maps. Here, we determined the level of accuracy achievable in measuring small-magnitude (<0.1%) homogeneous strain fields. We investigated different sets of parameters for image processing and imaging pre-selection, based on single-image noise level. The trueness of DIC was assessed by comparison of Young&rsquo;s modulus (E) and Poisson&rsquo;s ratio (&nu;) with values obtained from strain gauge measurements. Repeatability was improved, on average, by 20⁻25% with experimentally-determined optimal parameters and image pre-selection. Despite this, the intra- and inter-specimen repeatability of strain gauge measurements was 5 and 2.5 times better than DIC, respectively. Moreover, although trueness was also improved, on average, by 30⁻45%, DIC consistently overestimated the two material parameters by 1.8% and 3.2% for E and &nu;, respectively. DIC is a suitable option to measure small-magnitude homogeneous strain fields, bearing in mind the limitations in achievable accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalMaterials
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 8 2018

Keywords

  • accuracy
  • calcium phosphate cements
  • digital image correlation
  • homogeneous strain
  • precision
  • small deformation level

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