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Multi-Scale Optical and Image Processing Methods for Mechanical Characterization and Application

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Mechanical Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2021) | Viewed by 817

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan
Interests: photomechanics; experimental solid mechanics; automated optical measurement and inspection; computer vision and digital image processing

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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to announce this Special Issue “Multi-Scale Optical and Image Processing Methods for Mechanical Characterization and Application”, which will appear in Applied Science.

With the advancement in imaging instrumentation, lighting resources, computational power and data storage, optical and image processing methods have gained increasingly wider applications across the scientific society during the past few decades. These methods have been applied for measurements over a wide range of spatial domain and temporal resolution. They have been developed not only to make two-dimensional and three-dimensional deformation measurements on the surface, but also to make volumetric measurements throughout the interior of a material body.

Multi-scale analysis is the approach for the mechanical behavior study of material elements from the macroscopic, micro- and nanoscale approach to characterization of materials. A definite strength of optical and image processing methods is the possibility of changing measurement scales by properly modulating wave frequencies and setting parameters of experimental setups. Optical and image processing methods are naturally suited for mechanical characterization and application in view of their capability to accurately measure displacements, strains and stresses in real time and to gather full field information without altering objects conditions. It covers a full range of wavelengths from X-ray to visible lights and infrared. Non-conventional illumination and super-resolution techniques may increase measurement resolutions to the nanoscale. The multi-scale ability is fundamental in complex fields, such as bioengineering, MEMS, high precision metrology, etc.

This Special Issue will focus on advances in the multi-scale mechanical characterization and application with optical and imaging processing methods. The aim is to provide a forum on the state-of-the-art and frontier applications for characterization. Submissions should be in the form of original research articles or authoritative review papers on the following, non-exhaustive, list of topics:

  • Photoelasticity and interferometry applications;
  • Moiré, speckle and holography methods;
  • Image processing methods;
  • DIC method and its applications;
  • Micro-optics and microscopic systems;
  • Multiscale and new developments in optical methods;
  • Hybrid methods;
  • Inverse methods;
  • Microscopy techniques (including fluorescence and electron microscopy);
  • Non-conventional illumination and super-resolution;
  • Mechanics of materials and constitutive models;
  • Bioengineering and biomechanics;
  • Nanometrology;
  • Aerospace and aeronautical engineering;
  • High precision metrology for machine tools and robot TCP. 

Prof. Dr. Terry Yuan-Fang Chen
Prof. Dr. Ming-Tzer Lin
Guest Editors

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  • optical methods
  • image processing methods
  • multi-scale mechanical characterization
  • microscopy and super-resolution
  • hybrid and inverse methods
  • metrology

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