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Mastering self-calibration with EikoTwin-DIC

By Team Eikosim | 10 July 2020

To provide accurate digital image correlation (DIC) results, the EikoTwin-DIC software must first calibrate the camera system. This is made using images of the structure in its reference state (unloaded). Using these images, the software determines the intrinsic parameters (the cameras focal lengths, optical centers, skews) and extrinsic parameters (camera positions and orientations in the…

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High-temperature tests for ceramic matrix composites

By Team Eikosim | 10 April 2020

Context As a new member of EikoSim team, I was offered the opportunity to present an overlook of my thesis work dealing with high-temperature experiments for SiC/SiC composites, which was carried out in LMT under the supervision of F. Hild and in collaboration with Safran Ceramics under the supervision of V. Herb and B. Lacombe.…

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What is a good DIC speckle pattern ?

By Team Eikosim | 19 March 2020

In another article, we talked about the different techniques for creating a speckle pattern in digital image correlation, including the ability to vary the size and nature of the spots projected on the piece. But what size should your speckle pattern be? There is no “good” or “bad” speckle, or rather one cannot judge the…

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Speckle patterns and Digital Image Correlation

By Team Eikosim | 31 January 2020

Context The principle of image correlation is based on tracking information from a so-called “reference” image in the following images, often called “distorted images”. All of the images form a film, from which we seek to extract a measure. We can therefore see the correlation of images as following points over the entire observed surface:…


Designing a multi-camera structural test using pre-visualization

By Team Eikosim | 28 May 2019

Written by Matthieu Vitse Matthieu Vitse is a freelance scientific visualization expert. He has a PhD in computational mechanics from ENS Paris-Saclay, and his main activity now focuses on the post-treatment and visualization of large complex data simulations and experiments. More info at (from Vitse et al. Toward virtual design and optimization of a…


Understanding and controlling the sources of discrepancy between tests and simulations

By Team Eikosim | 1 March 2019

Adjustment and validation of simulations Simulations play an enhanced role in the design, the qualification and the certification of industrial products by forming the basis of strategic decisions. Therefore, the role devolved to experimental testing has also been modified. These tests were the essential part of the demonstration of compliance, but now they become references…

Instrumenting structural tests with imaging techniques: what benefits?

By Team Eikosim | 17 November 2018

It is quite simple to assess the benefits of using digital image correlation. For test engineers, DIC makes it feasible to prospect a larger area, to better understand the physical phenomena at stake by using a non-intrusive measuring method. For engineers working on numerical simulations, it is now possible to validate their models using vaster…

Virtual design of experiments with Blender

By Team Eikosim | 16 November 2018

Blender as a supporting tool for 3D DIC experiments Have you ever heard of Blender? Blender is a comprehensive, open-source, cross-platform 3D creation suite that can be used to create photo-realistic renders, animations, or even full-length movies. Blender’s render engine can produce physically based photo-realistic renders of any 3D environment. In particular, it can be used…

Digital Image Correlation – The basics

By Team Eikosim | 17 October 2018

Digital Image Correlation (DIC) is a measurement technique that processes pictures taken from cameras to track and record the surface motion of a deforming solid. In the mechanical engineering field, it has been widely used to monitor and process test data in both research and industrial contexts, for applications ranging from common material testing to…

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The digital twin: bringing the real world into your simulations

By Team Eikosim | 17 October 2018

To estimate a structure’s mechanical behavior, proactive numerical studies have become common practice in mechanical engineering. Finite element modeling is now involved at all stages of the mechanical design project, from material behavior estimation (especially for composite materials), to intermediate assemblies, all the way up to structural computations. At each of the previous stages, simulations…