Optical Methods of Engineering Analysis

by Gary Cloud, Ph.D., P.E.

Cambridge University Press, New York, 1995

ISBN 0-521-45087-X, 517 pp., 260 illus.

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Fundamental measurement problems in engineering mechanics, manufacturing, and physics are often best solved by powerful whole-field optical methods.

This book presents a lucid up-to-date discussion of these optical methods. Beginning from a firm base in modern optics, the book proceeds through relevant theory of interference and diffraction and integrates this theory with descriptions of laboratory techniques and apparatus. Among the techniques discussed are classical interferometry, photoelasticity, geometric moire, moire interferometry, holography, holographic interferometry, laser speckle interferometry, speckle photography, and digital-video-based speckle methods.

By providing a firm base in the physical principles and at the same time allowing the reader to perform meaningful experiments related to the topic being studied, the book offers a unique user-oriented approach that will appeal to students, researchers, and practicing engineers.

The pedagogical approach is to integrate theory as much as possible with the development of the optical methods. The theory and the practical use of the theory are offered in a series of parcels. For example, the beginning offers just enough optical concepts and theory to understand basic interferometry. These concepts and the associated mathematics are then utilized, first in learning about some classical two-beam interferometers and subsequently in detailed study of one of the oldest of interferometric methods in engineering: photoelasticity. The student is then positioned to do meaningful experiments on these topics while the increment of physical theory needed to understand the next technique, geometric moire, is presented. This cycle repeats through the entire text.

This book fills a perceived need by bringing into one volume as much theory and practical information on optical methods of engineering analysis as are needed by graduating engineers, graduate students, and industrial stress and motion analysts.

The book has been used as the text for graduate courses in experimental mechanics, an undergraduate survey course, and a 5th-year series of lectures on experimental methods in engineering.

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