NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) using Vic-3D for digital image correlation (DIC)

NIST is using the Vic-3D digi­tal image cor­re­la­ti­on (DIC) sys­tem to ana­ly­ze stress in bridges. By using DIC, they try to under­stand the impact of stres­ses and strains on the metal con­nec­tors of bridges in order to avo­id dama­ge or failure.

NIST is pre-strai­ning a wide pla­te with digi­tal image cor­re­la­ti­on (DIC) to deter­mi­ne the small-sca­le spe­ci­men sec­tio­ning plan:

NIST is con­duc­ting a CWP test with digi­tal image cor­re­la­ti­on (DIC) to deter­mi­ne local and remo­te strains used to deter­mi­ne the Ten­si­le Strain Capa­ci­ty of a fla­wed pipe girth-weld:

NIST is making an SE(T) test with digi­tal image cor­re­la­ti­on (DIC) show­ing the asym­me­tric strain gra­di­ent of a spe­ci­men not­ched in the heat-affec­ted zone:

The Vic-2D System

Vic-2D can mea­su­re in-pla­ne dis­pla­ce­ments and strains on pla­nar spe­ci­mens. The set­up is simp­le, for sam­ple pre­pa­ra­ti­on only the appli­ca­ti­on of a ran­dom speck­ly pat­tern is nes­se­sa­ry. No spe­cial illu­mi­na­ti­on or lasers are required.





We offer com­ple­te mea­su­re­ment sys­tems for a wide ran­ge of full-field in-pla­ne defor­ma­ti­on mea­su­re­ment tasks.

  • White-light sys­tem
  • No cali­bra­ti­on required
  • real-time data pro­ces­sing (> 50Hz)
  • Sam­ple size <1mm and >10m possible
  • Simp­le spe­ci­men pre­pa­ra­ti­on using paint
  • Syn­chro­ni­zed load data acquisition
  • Available ana­log out­put for machi­ne control
  • Very high strain and dis­pla­ce­ment limits


We also pro­vi­de com­pon­ents as well as cus­tom mea­su­re­ment sys­tems for deman­ding appli­ca­ti­ons inclu­ding high tem­pe­ra­tu­re, hig­her speeds, and very small- or lar­ge-sca­le samples.



The Vic-2D sys­tem is used whe­re strain dis­tri­bu­ti­ons need to be mea­su­red on flat spe­ci­mens. Appli­ca­ti­ons include frac­tu­re mecha­nics (COD mea­su­re­ment), bi-axi­al ten­si­on tests of films, deter­mi­na­ti­on of strain loca­liza­ti­on around cracks or not­ches as well as many appli­ca­ti­ons in FE model verification.



Application example

Strain Mea­su­re­ment — 2D Fati­gue Test