Experimental Determination of the 3D Stress Tensor in Engineering Components
Supervisor: Dr R A Tomlinson
Photoelasticity is an experimental method whereby a stress field is obtained from the optical behaviour of stressed transparent materials. Current analysis methods assume a 2-D stress field and so a research project is being conducted to combine tomography with photoelasticity to try to analyse models of 3-D engineering components. The proposal is to take multiple views through the component model, which are reconstructed to obtain the stresses inside the model. The research will address development of the experimental apparatus and software to obtain sufficient data for construction of the stress tensor in an efficient manner.
Previous experience / requirements: Interest in experimental work (essential), Optics (optional), MATLAB programming (recommended)
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