Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 561–574 | Cite as

Study on the Use of Motion Compensation Techniques to Determine Heat Sources. Application to Large Deformations on Cracked Rubber Specimens

  • T. Pottier
  • M.-P. Moutrille
  • J.-B. Le Cam
  • X. Balandraud
  • M. Grédiac


This paper deals with the determination of the thermal response of elastomeric materials subjected to cyclic loading. In this case, the material undergoes large deformations, so a suitable motion compensation technique has been developed to track the material points and their temperature during the test. Special attention is paid to the Narcissus effect and to the detector matrix of the infrared camera used in the study. Heat sources are then derived from the temperature maps. The thermoelastic inversion phenomenon has been experimentally evidenced during a cyclic test performed on an elastomeric notched specimen. The heat source distribution close to the crack tip has also been deduced from the temperature maps, thus highlighting the relevance of the approach.


Infrared thermography Large displacements Heat sources Rubber Motion compensation 



The support of this research by the “Agence Nationale pour la Recherche” is gratefully acknowledged (PHOTOFIT project). Thanks are also due to the French Laboratory of the Trelleborg company for providing the material tested in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Pottier
    • 1
  • M.-P. Moutrille
    • 2
  • J.-B. Le Cam
    • 2
  • X. Balandraud
    • 2
  • M. Grédiac
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire SYMMEPolytech’SavoieAnnecy le Vieux CedexFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Mécanique et Ingénieries (LaMI) Blaise Pascal University (UBP)French Institute for Advanced Mechanics (IFMA) Campus de Clermont-Ferrand / les CézeauxAubière cedexFrance

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