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Digital image correlation: displacement accuracy estimation

Abstract : The aim of this collaborative work is to study the uncertainties associated with Digital Image Correlation techniques (DIC). More specifically, the link between displacement uncertainties and several correlation parameters chosen by the user and relative to the image analysis software and several image characteristics like speckle size and image noise is emphasized. A previous work [1] has been done for situations with spatially fluctuating displacement fields which dealt with mismatch error linked to the discrepancy between the adopted shape function and the real displacement field in the subset. This present work is focused on the ultimate error regime. To ensure that there is no mismatch error, synthetic images of plane rigid body translation have been analysed. DIC softwares developed by or used in the French community were used to study a large number of settings. The first observations are: (a) bias amplitude is almost always insensitive to the subset size, (b) DIC formulations can be split up into two families. For the first one, the bias amplitude increases with the noise while it remains constant for the second one. For both families, the mean value of the random error increases with the noise level and with the inverse of the subset size. Furthermore, the random error decreases with the radius of the speckle for the first family, while it increases for the second one. These two different behaviours of the tested DIC package are probably due to their underlying DIC formulation (interpolation, correlation criteria, optimisation process).
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Jean-Christophe Dupré, Michel Bornert, Laurent Robert, Bertrand Wattrisse. Digital image correlation: displacement accuracy estimation. 14th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, Jul 2010, Poitiers, France. pp.Cd-Rom. ⟨hal-00836236⟩



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