The method based on the digital image correlation (DIC) technique and thermoelastic stress analysis (TSA) is proposed to monitor the crack propagation process of T-joint specimens during the fatigue test. The lock-in amplifier is used to process DIC speckle pattern images while the specimen is dynamically loaded. The lock-in algorithm uses the fact that lock-in amplifier can be able to detect very small signal change within the measurement noise, which is often used in TSA. Using appropriate post-processing method, both the crack lengths and the stress intensity factors (SIF) can be evaluated in function of the number of fatigue cycles. The tests on non-welded T-joint specimens and welded T-joint specimens in two types of test rigs will be presented in the paper. All of the achieved results were validated by employing extended finite element method (XFEM) performed with ANSYS software.
- Crackgrowth analysis
- Digital image correlation
- Extended finite element method
- Stress intensity factor
- Thermoelastic stress analysis