International Journal of Optics and Applications

p-ISSN: 2168-5053    e-ISSN: 2168-5061

2016;  6(1): 7-12



A Monogenic Phase Extraction Method Applied in Photoelasticimetric Technique for Principal Stress Distribution Determination

R. Rhanim1, Y. Tounsi1, A. Ghlaifan1, H. Rhanim2, A. Nassim1

1Laboratory of Measurement and Control Instrumentation IMC, Physics Department, Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida, Morocco

2Laboratory of Mechanics and Energetic LME, Physics Department, Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida, Morocco

Correspondence to: A. Nassim, Laboratory of Measurement and Control Instrumentation IMC, Physics Department, Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida, Morocco.


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This work concerns the study of stresses distribution in a photoelastic specimen by using bi-dimensional Photoelasticimetry and optical phase evaluation methods. In Photoelasticimetry technique, isochromatic fringe patterns are generated experimentally by a circular polariscope and the phase distribution is extracted from the monogenic signal. The monogenic signal that is an extension of the analytic signal is obtained by Riesz transform. Finally, the principal stress distributions are determined from the optical phase distribution. In this work, the experimental results are compared to numerical finite element study.

Keywords: Bi-dimensional Photoelasticimetry, Circular polariscope, Isochromatic fringes, Stress distribution, Monogenic signal, Phase extraction, Finite element

Cite this paper: R. Rhanim, Y. Tounsi, A. Ghlaifan, H. Rhanim, A. Nassim, A Monogenic Phase Extraction Method Applied in Photoelasticimetric Technique for Principal Stress Distribution Determination, International Journal of Optics and Applications, Vol. 6 No. 1, 2016, pp. 7-12. doi: 10.5923/j.optics.20160601.02.

1. Introduction

Bidimensional Photoelasticimetry is an experimental technique based on an optomechanical property called birefringence, which directly provides the whole-field information of principal stress difference and principal stress direction in a specimen. It has a wide range of industrial and research applications [1]. Recent advances of digital Photoelasticimetry have made the analysis of two- dimensional problems faster, accurate and reliable [2, 3].
Recently several methods of analyzing Photoelasticimetric fringe patterns by means of phase evaluation techniques have been presented [4, 5]. There are many methods to extract optical phase’s distribution from fringe patterns such as Fourier-transform method [6] Wavelets methods [7, 8], and monogenic signal [9].
Photoelasticimetry has been used as a useful tool for validating finite element analysis for many problems [10, 11]. Researchers have used stress separation method to determine the individual stress components from Photoelasticimetric analysis and then compared them with those obtained from a finite element (FE) analysis. Since FE analysis can provide the stress components easily, methods to post process the FE results to plot Photoelasticimetric contours to compare with experimental results have been reported on a two-dimensional model and stress-frozen slice [12].
In this paper, phase evaluation method based on monogenic signal is developed to extract principal stress distribution. The result from Photoelasticimetric experiment was compared to show the usefulness of the finite element simulation (FE plotting scheme). Detailed finite element procedure will be presented and discussed.
This work is presented in four sections; the first present the photoelasticimetry technique and the experimental setup used in this technique as well as we detailed the Jones formalism. The second section is a presentation of the Riesz transform and monogenic signal, the third present a detailed finite element procedure and we finish by presenting our results.

2. Photoelasticimetry technique

2.1. Circular Polariscope

The polariscope is an optical system [13, 14] that utilizes the properties of polarized light in its operation, as shown in figure 1, it consists of a light source, an analyzer polarizer P, two-quarter-wave plates Q and stressed transparent model (specimen) R. In the same figure, Pθ where θ=90° indicates the polarizer whose transmission axis is perpendicular to the chosen x-axis. Qβ where β=45° indicates the first quarter-wave plate with fast axis at 45°. stands for the stressed photoelastic specimen taken as a retardation and whose fast axis is at an angle with the x-axis. indicates the second quarter-wave plate with fast axis at indicates the analyzer whose transmission axis is to the chosen x-axis.
Figure 1. Optical arrangement of a circular polariscope
In Jones representation [15], each optical element is represented by a Jones matrix and the polarized light is represented by Jones’s vector. We denote M1, M2, M3, M4 and M5 respectively the Jones’s matrix of a polarizer, first quarter wave-plate, stressed transparent model, second quarter wave-plate, and analyzer.
With the Jones calculus, the electric field components are given as:
Where ω is the angular frequency of light and K is a proportional constant. When the polarized light passed through the stressed transparent model, an interference pattern on fringes is formed. The pattern provides qualitative information about the general distribution of stress, position of stress concentrations and areas of load stress.
From the two components, we obtain the intensity distribution of these fringe patterns formed as:
Where and are the complex conjugates of electric field components. For the arrangement of the matrix M1 and M2 become:
And the output light intensity is given as:
It’s the intensity distribution of isoclinic fringes encoded in angle α and isochromatic fringes encoded in angle φ, these fringe patterns provide respectively the principal stress directions and the principal stress differences [16]. Isoclinic fringes depend on the orientation of crossed filter set whereas the isochromatic fringes depend on the stress-optic effect.

2.2. Isochromatic Fringes

The main problem of photoelasticimetry technique is that isoclinic and isochromatic fringes pattern are completely mixed, so we can’t analyze them simultaneously, for this reason, the compressed specimen is placed in a circular polariscope. The Circular Polariscope configuration is used for determining the magnitude of principal stress difference. We choose the circular configuration in which the polarizer/analyzer pairs are then rotated as a unit until their axes are aligned with the birefringent indicial axes, and the quarter- wave plates are then reinserted with their axes oriented at the usual 45° angle with respect to the new polarizer axes. The system is now in the standard circular dark-field polariscope condition. Up to this point the polarizer/analyzer axes have been kept orthogonal to each other, but now the analyzer is rotated separately until one of the fringes moves over the selected point. In rotating the analyzer up to 90°, the polariscope is changing from a dark-field. According to the Jones calculus, the intensity distribution in this case (the circular configuration) becomes:
The optical phase distribution is related to the path difference or retardation by:
The physical origin of the retardation is the stress-induced optical anisotropy of the specimen. As well as the birefringence is related to principal stress difference by:
From (5) and (6), the phase is expressed as:
Where is the wavelength of light; is the optical path difference; e is the thickness of the specimen, ∆n is the refractive index, the principal stress difference and C is the photoelastic constant which characterizes specimen.
Owing to the linear relationship between and according to equation (7), the principal stress difference may be made automatically from the fringe pattern phase distribution using the monogenic signal that is the aim of next section.

3. Riesz Transform

3.1. Presentation

In signal processing application, the analytic representation of a real value function defined as the linear combination of the original function and its Hilbert transform [17, 18] is a useful tool from which the phase, energy, and instantaneous frequency of a one-dimensional signal may be estimated. The principal challenge is how to generalize this theory for two-dimensional signals. There are several approaches to generalize Hilbert transform to higher dimensions [19, 20], Riesz transform is among these approaches, and it is the natural multidimensional extension of Hilbert transform [21]. For fringe pattern f (two-dimensional signals), the Riesz transform in spatial representation is expressed as:
With stand for the convolution, and are the kernels of Riesz defined in spatial representation as:

3.2. Phase Distribution of Monogenic Signal

The monogenic signal introduced by Sommer and Felsberg is a multi-dimensional isotropic generalization of the 1D analytic signal. It is defined as the combination of two-dimensional signal and its Riesz components.
Where i and j are two distinct orthogonal hypercomplex imaginary units. The functions are the two Riesz components of fringe. In other words, as shown in figure 2, the monogenic is three-dimensional vectors in Cartesian coordinate system We can present in the spherical coordinate system illustrated in the same figure, from this representation, several features can be extracted (amplitude, local orientation, and local phase), this tree features are orthogonal, that means that represent an independent information.
Figure 2. Geometric illustration of the monogenic signal in a spherical coordinate system
The local amplitude that represents the local intensity or dynamics is defined by:
The Local phase represents the structural information; it denotes the angle between amplitude and the plane spanned by the two complex vectors.
The local orientation represents the geometrical information meaning the direction of phase information.
A fourth feature can be defined phase vector, it is a local phase oriented in the vector such as:
Several applications of monogenic signal analysis have realized, we cite some paper like temperature measure [22], wavelet filtering [23], and medical imaging [24].

4. Results of Principal Stress Difference

4.1. Photoelasticimetric Study

The experimental data were acquired by a digital camera using a circular polariscope. In this experience, we used a transparent photoelastic polymer. The material of the test specimen is a transparent polymer we have defined as an elastic material whose mechanical properties are Young’s modulus of E=2.7N/mm2 and Poisson ratio of ν=0.48. From one isochromatic fringe pattern (size 636*1332 pixels) and after a post-treatment step of acquired, we obtain isochromatic fringes in grayscale (figure 3.a), from there, we extract the phase distribution presented in figure (3.b) by using monogenic signal. The extracted phase is wrapped or discontinuous because of use of tangent, the unwrapping step is necessary in order to eliminate this discontinuity and get the continuous phase distribution consequently the continuous information as shown in figure (3.c), we used PUMA algorithm [25] for phase unwrapping. The black circular area that we notice in figure (3.a) and figure (3.b) corresponds to the hole in the photoelastic specimen.
Figure 3. (a) Isochromatic fringe pattern (gray scale), (b) wrapped phase distribution obtained using the monogenic signal, (c) continuous phase distribution
From the two-dimensional phase distribution presented, we plot the gray scale values or intensity variation in terms of distance in pixels as presented in figure 4. We notice that the gray value variation is symmetric in the vicinity of hole.
Figure 4. Intensity distribution along the path in continuous phase distribution

4.2. Finite Elements Study

Considering the mechanical structure applied to a tensile loading, to be model numerically in order to determine the stress distribution. In figure 5, we present the model study in the form of the specimen used in experience.
Figure 5. Model study
The numerical simulation was made by a numerical computation code. Figure 6 illustrates the specimen that has meshed with quadratic elements of type C3D20R with a total number of elements equal to 2272. A mesh refinement is also established in the vicinity of the defect (hole) to determine the concentration of local stresses and give more precision about the results obtained.
Figure 6. Meshed specimen
The material of the test specimen is a transparent polymer we have defined as an elastic material whose mechanical properties are Young’s modulus of E=2.7N/mm2 and Poisson ratio of ν=0.48.
The results shown in figure 7 show the distribution of stresses in the specimen breakthrough and urged to tensile loading. It is clear that the load applied to the structure has generated maximum stresses in the vicinity of the hole. Figure (7.c) illustrates the stress distribution along predefined yellow path.
Figure 7. (a, b) Stresses distribution at the structure along the yellow path (c) stress distribution along the predefined path
Note that the distribution of the equivalent stress in the specimen mark a maximum stresses concentration in the vicinity of the defect (hole), while away from defect there are low-stress values. Far from the discontinuity specimen is relaxed.

5. Conclusions

We have presented a study based on Photoelasticimetry and optical phase evaluation techniques in order to obtain the stresses distribution in a photoelastic specimen. Especially, we exploited the phase distribution of the isochromatic fringes extracted by monogenic signal to obtain principal stresses distribution. Also, we presented a numerical finite element model and extract the stresses distribution variation along the path indicated in fig (7.a). As it shows results, the two schema plots (fig 6 and fig (7.a) has the same appearance, considering stresses encoded in gray values. It is, therefore, possible to calculate rapidly and accurately stresses and Photoelasticimetry can be successfully used to validate the numerical approach.


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