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Junlan Wang
M E 557
Seattle Campus

Experimental Stress Analysis II

Theory and practice of optical mechanics, including interferometric techniques (moire and holographic), geometric moir methods, and photoelasticity. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Offered: W, even years.

Class description

The main goal of this course is to introduce students to the characteristics of light which can be used to accomplish a variety of engineering tasks especially in mechanical analysis. At the end of the course, students should be familiar with the range of possible applications for optics in mechanical measurements such as strain, stress, and deformation analysis.

Topics to be discussed in this course:

Light basics (nature of light, wave theory of light, reflection, refraction, diffraction, coherency, interference, geometric optics) Optical stress measurement using photoelecticity Laser technology Optical displacement measurements using moire and Michelson interferometry Deformation measurement using digital image correlation*

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, laboratories (several major lab projects and demonstration)

Recommended preparation

Physics 123 or permission of instructor. ยท ME 354 (Mechanics of materials) or equivalent.

Class assignments and grading

Homework, exam, lab reports

Homework - 30% Exam - 20% Lab - 50%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Junlan Wang
Date: 01/04/2012