A Digital Image-Based Deformation Measurement System for Triaxial Tests

    Volume 35, Issue 2 (March 2012)

    ISSN: 0149-6115

    CODEN: GTJOAD

    Published Online: 15 September 2011

    Page Count: 18


    Bhandari, A. R.
    Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, Univ. of Southampton,

    Powrie, W.
    Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, Univ. of Southampton,

    Harkness, R. M.
    Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, Univ. of Southampton,

    (Received 15 February 2011; accepted 10 August 2011)

    Abstract

    This paper describes the development of a new digital image-based deformation measurement system for triaxial tests on soils. Three digital cameras placed on radii at intervals of 120° viewed on plan outside a transparent triaxial cell were used to capture images of a deforming cylindrical soil specimen at various instants. A digital image correlation program was written to analyze the captured images, using ray tracing to take account of image distortion due to refraction at the interfaces between the cell fluid, the cell wall, and the atmosphere. The technique is validated with reference to a sand specimen tested in drained triaxial compression. Typical implementations of the system to study surface deformation characteristics (e.g., barreling, onset of localization, and shear band evolution) of deforming soil specimens are illustrated.


    Paper ID: GTJ103821

    DOI: 10.1520/GTJ103821

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    Title A Digital Image-Based Deformation Measurement System for Triaxial Tests
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