In this article an analysis of two-dimensional (2D) digital image correlation (DIC) data captured over a long period of time is presented, where the case of a 2D DIC setup is not fixed in the same position between consecutive measurements. An implementation of the data merging procedure is described and a proof of concept is provided using example measurements for both: a numerical model and a physical model. An evaluation of the accuracy of the method and main sources of errors are also presented. The developed method can be used for long-term monitoring of different kinds of objects, which is particularly important for the use of DIC technique in application, e.g., building engineering, building control, or power engineering.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 10, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 15, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 16, 2012
Published: December 17, 2012
Marcin Malesa and Malgorzata Kujawinska, "Modified two-dimensional digital image correlation method with capability of merging of data distributed in time," Appl. Opt. 51, 8641-8655 (2012)