Sub-minute In Situ Fracture Test in a Laboratory CT Scanner

  • Clément Jailin
  • Amine Bouterf
  • Rafael Vargas
  • François Hild
  • Stéphane RouxEmail author
Thematic Section: 3D Materials Science
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. 3D Materials Science 2019


The present study aims at demonstrating the feasibility of performing a fracture test in less than 1 min in a laboratory CT scanner despite the severe time constraints of tomography acquisition. After introducing the basic concepts of projection-based digital volume correlation, the specific implementation of this methodology to a wedge splitting test on a refractory material is presented. The kinematics of the test is described over a mesh tailored to the sample geometry, and the elastic behavior of the sample is exploited through finite element computations to provide sensitivity fields of experimental boundary conditions to allow for their “measurements.” Enhancing the simulation to account for crack advance with extended finite element analyses allows the sensitivity of the procedure to the crack position to be assessed. A confidence interval for the refractory toughness is finally obtained.


Castable refractory Digital volume correlation Extended finite element analyses Fracture energy Wedge splitting test 



This work benefited from the support of the French “Agence Nationale de la Recherche” through the “Investissements d’avenir” program under the reference “ANR-10-EQPX-37 MATMECA.” The PhD project of RV is supported through grant #2018/23081-0, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). The authors thank Profs. R.B. Canto and J.A. Rodrigues for fruitful discussions.

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The authors declare no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LMT (ENS Paris-Saclay/CNRS/Univ. Paris-Saclay)CachanFrance
  2. 2.Graduate Program in Materials Science and EngineeringFederal University of São Carlos (UFSCar)São CarlosBrazil

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