High-density three-dimensional mapping of internal strain by tracking microstructural features

Masakazu Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Toda, Yuji Kawai, Tomomi Ohgaki, Kentaro Uesugi, David S. Wilkinson, Toshiro Kobayashi, Yoshimitsu Aoki, Mitsuru Nakazawa

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The three-dimensional (3-D) strain map is useful to elucidate the relationships between microstructures and locally caused deformation and fracture. However, a robust tracking method, which enables error-free tracking in synchrotron radiation computed tomography (SR-CT) images with >10 000 microstructural features, is not currently available. In this study, a model sample was subjected to a tensile test and scanned by the SR-CT technique in order to develop a new tracking method. The developed tracking methods indicated a high tracking ratio and tracking success ratio of nearly 100% in a wide strain range, which included the assumed strain in a practical experiment. It was confirmed that tracking errors produce an incorrect strain distribution in 3-D strain mapping. This study verified the validity of the developed tracking method. The application of this method to high-resolution SR-CT images will make measurement and visualization of the strain distribution possible in three dimensions in bulk materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2167-2181
Number of pages15
JournalActa Materialia
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • 3-D image analysis
  • Deformation inhomogeneities
  • Local strain distribution
  • Synchrotron radiation
  • X-ray computed tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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