Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 262-270

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Two-dimensional electronic-speckle-pattern interferometry and concrete-fracture processes

  • Z. JiaAffiliated withNSF-ACMB Center, Northwestern University
  • , S. P. ShahAffiliated withNSF-ACMB Center, Northwestern University

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Electronic-speckle-pattern interferometry (ESPI) is an optical nondestructive testing technique. A two-dimensional in-plane displacement sensitive interferometer was designed to observe progressive development of microcracking of carbon-fiber-reinforced concrete specimens subjected to tension. By using the two-dimensional ESPI system, the fracture processes, crack initiation and crack propagation of concrete specimens were monitored qualitatively and in real time. The displacement and strain fields were analyzed quantitatively by using digital image processing techniques.