Visualization of Shear Cracks in a Reinforced Concrete Beam using the Digital Image Correlation

Asdam Tambusay, Benny Suryanto, Priyo Suprobo


A low-cost digital image correlation system is used to visualize the formation and propagation of concrete cracking in a reinforced concrete beam. The system employed comprises an ordinary digital camera, a remote image recording controller (a smartphone) and a freely-available, open-source image correlation software package Ncorr. In this paper, the application of this system is demonstrated to obtain a comprehensive time-lapse of longitudinal strain fields developing before and after the onset of shear cracking, thus allowing one to fully appreciate the mechanisms of shear failure in the beam. It is shown that the longitudinal strain fields obtained from the DIC system are in a good agreement with hand-drawn crack maps and that obtained from nonlinear finite element analysis.


DIC; low-cost; Ncorr; reinforced concrete; shear, strain field.

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