Application News – October 25, 2022

Three Dimensional Full-Field Velocity Measurements in Shock Compression Experiments Using Stereo Digital Image Correlation 

 by Suraj Ravindran, Vatsa Gandhi, Akshay Joshi, & Guruswami Ravichandran



Shock compression plate impact experiments conventionally rely on point-wise velocimetry measurements based on laser-based interferometric techniques. This study presents an experimental methodology to measure the free surface full-field particle velocity in shock compression experiments using high-speed imaging and three-dimensional (3D) digital image correlation (DIC). The experimental setup has a temporal resolution of 100 ns with a spatial resolution varying from 90 to 200 mm/pixel. Experiments were conducted under three different plate impact configurations to measure spatially resolved free surface velocity and validate the experimental technique. First, a normal impact experiment was conducted on polycarbonate to measure the macroscopic full-field normal free surface velocity. Second, an isentropic compression experiment on Y-cut quartz-tungsten carbide assembly is performed to measure the particle velocity for experiments involving ramp compression waves. To explore the capability of the technique in multi-axial loading conditions, a pressure shear plate impact experiment was conducted to measure both the normal and transverse free surface velocities under combined normal and shear loading. The velocities measured in the experiments using digital image correlation are validated against previous data obtained from laser interferometry. Numerical simulations were also performed using established material models to compare and validate the experimental velocity profiles for these different impact configurations. The novel ability of the employed experimental setup to measure full-field free surface velocities with high spatial resolutions in shock compression experiments is demonstrated for the first time in this work.


Three Dimensional Full-Field Velocity Measurements in Shock Compression Experiments Using Stereo Digital Image Correlation Shimadzu HPV-X2 camera set up for 3D DIC.

FIG. 1: a) Schematic of the experimental setup with powder gun, camera arrangements for 3D digital image correlation, b) image of the components inside the vacuum chamber and the high-speed camera arrangement for stereo DIC set up for imaging through the transparent window, c) representative speckle patterns on the free surface of the sample.

Experimental Setup

In this study, plate impact experiments were conducted using a powder gun facility at Caltech. Four materials, polycarbonate (PC), tungsten carbide (WC), Y-cut quartz, and D2 tool steel, were investigated in different experimental configurations to demonstrate the reliability, advantage, and robustness of the high-speed stereo (3D) DIC for measuring full-field free surface velocities in plate impact experiments. The schematic of the experimental setup with high-speed imaging-based fullfield diagnostics is shown in Fig. 1a. Also, the images of the stereo high speed imaging DIC setup and the components inside the vacuum chamber are shown in Fig. 1b. Samples were shocked using the 38.7 mm slotted powder gun capable of launching projectiles at velocities ranging from 0.2-1.5 km/s. Two Hyper Vision HPV-X2 high-speed cameras (Shimadzu, Kyoto, Japan) capable of capturing 5 million frames/s at full resolution (400 x 250 pixels) and 10 million frames/s at half resolution (400 x 250 pixels, where missing pixels are interpolated) were used to capture the image of the free surface, see Fig. 1a. These cameras were placed at a stereo angle between 15˚–16˚ and were calibrated by capturing the image of the standard laser engraved calibration grids (Correlated Solutions Inc., Columbia, SC), to facilitate stereo DIC measurement. A total of 45 image pairs were collected by tilting and rotating the calibration grid within the field of view of both the cameras. It was ensured that the images were within the depth of field of the imaging system to obtain accurate calibration of the stereo camera system. The image of the camera arrangement and a typical calibration grid used for calibration are shown in Fig. 1a. The images of the rear surface of the sample were observed through a large mirror (50 mm × 100 mm) arranged at 45˚ with respect to the loading direction. A CAVILUX® Smart laser (Cavitar, Tampere, Finland), which provides high-speed incoherent laser (wavelength, 640 nm) pulses as short as 10 ns, was used to illuminate the sample during loading. The short duration laser pulses avoid blurring due to the transients in the high-speed impact experiments. These laser pulses were synchronized with the exposure of the camera sensor during the image acquisition. An image of the complete target assembly, mirrors, and illumination using laser inside the vacuum chamber is shown in the Fig. 1b. Impact velocities of the experiments were measured using Photonic Doppler velocimetry (PDV). The PDV probe was attached to the target holder and the optical return was checked during the target alignment. In the pressure shear plate impact experiment, a heterodyne PDV was used to simultaneously measure normal and transverse velocities. 

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Keywords: 3D digital image correlation, 3D-DIC, Caltech, full-field measurements, HPV-X2, Hyper Vision, PDV, Photonic Doppler velocimetry, powder gun, Shimadzu, shock compression, stereo DIC, stereo digital image correlation, Ultra High-Speed Imaging 


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