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A Robot-Assisted Microscopy System for Digital Image Correlation in Fatigue Crack Growth Testing

Paysan, Florian and Dietrich, Eric and Breitbarth, Eric (2023) A Robot-Assisted Microscopy System for Digital Image Correlation in Fatigue Crack Growth Testing. Experimental Mechanics. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s11340-023-00964-9. ISSN 0014-4851.

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Digital image correlation (DIC) with microscopes has become an important experimental tool in fracture mechanics to study local effects such as the plastic zone, crack closure, crack deflection or crack branching. High-resolution light microscopes provide 2D images but the field of view is limited to a small area and very sensitive to its alignment. A flexible positioning system is therefore needed to collect such DIC data during the entire fatigue crack growth process. Objective We present in our paper a new experimental setup for local high-resolution 2D DIC measurements at any location and at any time during fatigue crack growth experiments with a non-fixed DIC microscopy system. We use a robot to move the 2D DIC microscope to any location on the surface of the specimen. Optical and tactile methods automatically adjust the system and ensure highest image quality as well as accurate alignment. In addition, an advanced repositioning method reduces out-of-plane motion effects. The robot is able to achieve a repositioning accuracy of less than 0.06 mm in vector space, resulting in very low Von Mises strain scattering of 0.07 to 0.09% in the DIC evaluation. The system minimizes systematic errors caused by translation and rotational deviations. Effects such as crack deflection, crack branching or the plastic zone of a fatigue crack can be investigated with a field of view of 10.2 x 6.4 mm2. The robot supported DIC system generates up to 8000 high-quality DIC images in an experiment that enables the application of digital evaluation algorithms. Redundant information create confidence in the results as all revealed effects are comprehensible. This increases the information content of a single fatigue crack growth test and accelerates knowledge generation.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/195406/
Document Type:Article
Title:A Robot-Assisted Microscopy System for Digital Image Correlation in Fatigue Crack Growth Testing
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Paysan, FlorianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5575-1002UNSPECIFIED
Breitbarth, EricUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3479-9143UNSPECIFIED
Date:24 May 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Experimental Mechanics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Keywords:Digital Image Correlation, Microscopy, Moveable camera system, Robotics, Fatigue crack growth
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Clean Propulsion
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L CP - Clean Propulsion
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Advanced Materials and New Manufacturing Technologies
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Materials Research > Metallic Structures and Hybrid Material Systems
Institute of Materials Research > Mechanical Testing of Materials
Deposited By: Paysan, Florian
Deposited On:12 Jun 2023 08:22
Last Modified:12 Jun 2023 08:22

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