Our research focus is in the mechanical characterization of solids and structures in challenging environments, and at high temperatures in particular. We are especially interested in the role that environment plays on a material's ability to withstand heterogeneous failure mechanisms such as fracture, fatigue, and creep.
Our lab uses advanced imaging techniques to extract full-field, in situ strain and temperature measurements across multiple length scales. These techniques are applied to a wide variety of advanced high temperature materials (including metals, ceramics, and composites), with applications geared towards the energy, aerospace, and nuclear industries.
Sept 7, 2021: Weston's Paper, "Using Text as a Native Speckle Pattern in Digital Image Correlation," is available at Journal of Strain Analysis in Engineering Design.
Sept 6, 2021: Fiona's Paper, "Stereo Digital Image Correlation with Improved Depth of Field using Tilt-Shift Photography," is available at Measurement Science & Technology.
Sept 2, 2021: Thinh's Paper, "How Light Emitted at High Temperatures Affects Common Digital Image Algorithms," is available at Measurement Science & Technology.
August 9, 2021: Steven Jarrett defends his M.S. Thesis titled "The Effect of Bit Depth on High Temperature Digital Image Correlation Measurements." Congratulations Steven!
August 5, 2021: Robert Hansen defends his Ph.D. Dissertation titled "High-Magnification Digital Image Correlation Techniques for Aged Nuclear Fuel Cladding Testing." Congratulations Robert!
June 22, 2021: Dr. Nadia Kouraytem (USU) is awarded $800,000 from the US Department of Energy, with Dr. Berke as a Co-PI.