Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 266–272 | Cite as

Photoelastic analysis of frozen stressed specimens using spectral-contents analysis

  • S. J. Haake
  • E. A. Patterson


The complete birefringence, or isochromatic fringe order, in stress-frozen photoelastic models has been found by measuring the spectral contents of idividual points. A calibration procedure is porposed. The effects of nonuniform birefringence and dispersion of birefringence are considered. The results are presented from the analysis of models of a plate with a central hole and a disk subject to three radial loads.


Mechanical Engineer Fluid Dynamics Calibration Procedure Central Hole Spectral Content 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. J. Haake
    • 1
  • E. A. Patterson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Process EngineeringUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldEngland

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