Basic Theory of Photoelasticity

  • Vlatko Brčić
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 59)


The term “Photoelasticity“ [5]*) describes methods of investigation and numerical evaluation of some mechanical quantities as strain, stress, mode of deformation, velocity distribution, etc..., in solid and fluid bodies by analyzing the change of state and velocity of electromagnetic radiation interacting with these bodies. The major methods of Photoelasticity are based on the analysis of induced and orientational birefringence by measuring the change of polarized radiant power transmitted or reflected from the body under observation.


Principal Stress Basic Theory Fringe Order Interferometric Method Relative Retardation 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vlatko Brčić
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  1. 1.University of BelgradeSerbia

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