Acta Mechanica Sinica

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 173–180 | Cite as

Identification of the elastic stiffness of composites using the virtual fields method and digital image correlation

  • Lebin Jiang
  • Baoqiao Guo
  • Huimin XieEmail author
Research Paper


This paper presents an effective methodology for characterizing the mechanical parameters of composites using digital image correlation combined with the virtual fields method. By using a three-point bending test configuration, this method can identify all mechanical parameters of the material with merely a single test. Successful results verified that this method is especially effective for characterizing composite materials. In this study, the method is applied to measure the orthotropic elastic parameters of fiber-reinforced polymer–matrix composites before and after the hygrothermal aging process. The results indicate that the hygrothermal aging environment significantly influences the mechanical property of a composite. The components of the parameters in the direction of the fiber bundle decreased significantly. From the accuracy analysis, we found that the actual measurement accuracy is sensitive to a shift of the horizontal edges and rotation of the vertical edges.


DIC VFM Characterization Composite 



The project was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (“973” Project) (2010CB631005 and 2011CB606105), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (11232008, 91216301, 11227801, and 11172151) and the Tsinghua University Initiative Scientific Research Program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Engineering MechanicsTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Explosion Science and TechnologyBeijing Institute of TechnologyBeijingChina

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