Full-Field Strain Shape Estimation from 3D SLDV

  • Bryan WittEmail author
  • Dan Rohe
  • Tyler Schoenherr
Conference paper
Part of the Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series book series (CPSEMS)


The ability to measure full-field strains is desirable for analytical model validation or characterization of test articles for which there is no model. Of further interest is the ability to determine if a given environmental test’s boundary conditions are suitable to replicate the strain fields the test article undergoes in service. In this work, full-field strain shapes are estimated using a 3D scanning laser Doppler vibrometer and several post-processing methods. The processing methods are categorized in two groups: direct or transformation. Direct methods compute strain fields with only spatial filtering applied to the measurements. Transformation methods utilize SEREP shape expansion/smoothing of the measurements in conjunction with a finite element model. Both methods are used with mode shapes as well as operational deflection shapes. A comparison of each method is presented. It was found that performing a SEREP expansion of the mode shapes and post-processing to estimate strain fields was very effective, while directly measuring strains from ODS or modes was highly subject to noise and filtering effects.


Laser Vibrometer Strain Full-field Expansion 



This manuscript has been authored by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC. under Contract No. DE-NA0003525 with the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The United States Government retains and the publisher, by accepting the article for publication, acknowledges that the United States Government retains a non-exclusive, paid-up, irrevocable, world-wide license to publish or reproduce the published form of this manuscript, or allow others to do so, for United States Government purposes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

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