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VIC-Gauge™

Technology Overview

vic-gauge-ss1Vic-Gauge uses our optimized 2-D and 3-D correlation algorithms to provide real-time displacement and strain data for mechanical testing. Think of this tool as a set of virtual strain gauges: Data can be retrieved for multiple points and plotted live against analog load inputs. Results are saved for every analyzed point, and full images may be saved for full-field analysis in Vic-2D or Vic-3D.

Real-time analog output is also available, allowing strain controlled tests with a completely noninvasive strain measurement method. Vic-Gauge™ can measure arbitrary displacements and strains from 50 microstrain to 5000% strain and above, for specimen sizes ranging from <5mm to >5m.

     Real-Time strain measurement of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) using the Vic-Gauge™ system.
 

Because the setup is simple, requiring only a single camera imaging the specimen, the Vic-Gauge™ system can easily be integrated with almost any tensile test frame. No special illumination or lasers are required.

We offer complete turn-key measurement systems for a wide range of deformation and strain measurement tasks. Our systems and analysis software are designed with the user in mind and are simple to set-up and operate. Some of the features of our systems include:

  • White-light system does not require lasers
  • No calibration required for strain measurement
  • Simple specimen preparation using paint
  • Real-time data processing (> 50Hz)
  • Synchronized load data acquisition
  • Available analog output for machine control
  • Very high strain and displacement limits
  • Sample size <1mm and >10m possible

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. Please contact us at  Engineering@correlatedsolutions.com if you would like to discuss your applications.

Our Vic-Gauge system is widely used for material testing of compliant materials such as polymers, rubber or biological tissue. The system is capable of real-time strain measurement and can be interfaced with standard tension/compression test frames and controllers. For high strain rate testing, we offer Vic-Gauge systems capable of 100,000 samples per second (post-processing).

More Information

Click here to download the Vic-Gauge 2D datasheet.
Click here to download the Vic-Gauge 3D datasheet.

 

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