Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 46, Issue 6, pp 789–803 | Cite as

“Finite-Element” Displacement Fields Analysis from Digital Images: Application to Portevin–Le Châtelier Bands

  • G. Besnard
  • F. HildEmail author
  • S. Roux


A new methodology is proposed to estimate displacement fields from pairs of images (reference and strained) that evaluates continuous displacement fields. This approach is specialized to a finite-element decomposition, therefore providing a natural interface with a numerical modeling of the mechanical behavior used for identification purposes. The method is illustrated with the analysis of Portevin–Le Châtelier bands in an aluminum alloy sample subjected to a tensile test. A significant progress with respect to classical digital image correlation techniques is observed in terms of spatial resolution and uncertainty.


Digital image correlation Localization Resolution Texture Uncertainty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LMT-Cachan, ENS de Cachan/CNRS-UMR 8535/, Université Paris 6Cachan CedexFrance
  2. 2.Unité Mixte CNRS/Saint-Gobain Surface du Verre et Interfaces 39 quai Lucien LefrancAubervilliers CedexFrance

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