Digital Image Correlation

With the ability to report accurate and detailed data about strain and compression profiles, digital image correlation (DIC) is a powerful tool for providing information about mechanical strength, material behavior and stress characteristics.

Our experts use digital image correlation in conjunction with mechanical testing to record how a material or system moves during testing. Unlike traditional strain gaging, DIC can view and measure movement across an entire sample or component.  It yields a more robust data set and allowing us to make better predictions about material behavior in real-world situations. 

The Digital Image Correlation Principle

Digital image correlation uses a high resolution, high-speed camera to record how a sample changes over the course of a static or dynamic test. Prior to testing, the sample is painted with reference points which allow us to track the amount and frequency of movement. With the recorded data, we can create a strain profile for the entire piece of material or equipment, with accurate predictions about the behavior and life expectancy of the system as a whole.

While this method is available for a variety of applications, it is particularly useful for testing complex parts or unusually shaped samples. The inherent flexibility and versatility of DIC allows data to be taken from any point on a sample, no matter the size or shape. Testing can be performed on critical equipment and materials that would otherwise be extremely difficult to accurately test and characterize. 

“The inherent flexibility and versatility of DIC allows data to be taken from any point on a sample, no matter the size or shape.”

Our Digital Image Correlation Software

Our labs have invested in state-of-the-art digital image correlation technology, allowing us to provide highly accurate data using the most advanced techniques currently available. Using a high resolution camera and high-powered in-house data processing, we are able to handle larger, more complex projects than ever before.

We can use digital image correlation to create a 3D, full-field map of a material or product, noting complicated surface features as well as strain characteristics and failures. To accommodate a range of test and material types, we use an adjustable base camera that gives us the freedom to integrate DIC into a variety of services, from high and low cycle fatigue to creep testing

Our digital image correlation software and equipment has several distinct features, including:

  • 3D mapping of deformation and strain up to 0.005% accuracy
  • Identification of individual stress points
  • Testing at ambient and elevated temperatures (specimen temperatures up to 1500 F)
  • Frame rate up to 1,330 Hz
  • 4M camera resolution
  • In-house data processing software for managing extremely large files

"We can use digital image correlation to create a 3D, full-field map of a material or product, noting complicated surface features as well as strain characteristics and failures."

With enhanced resolution and flexibility, our digital image correlation capabilities are among the most advanced in the industry. For more information about our services, or to speak with an expert about DIC, contact us today.

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