The dispersion of birefringence in photoelastic materials

HAAKE, Steve and PATTERSON, E. A. (1993). The dispersion of birefringence in photoelastic materials. Strain, 29 (1), 3-7.

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A spectral analyser was used to determine the variation with wavelength known as the dispersion of birefringence of the fringe constant f and the stress optic coefficient C for photoelastic materials. A disc was loaded diametrically and was subjected to the stress freezing thermal cycle. The intensity was measured along the diameter perpendicular to the load for wavelengths between 450 and 850 nm at 5 nm intervals. Using the theoretical solution to the stresses it was possible to calculate the stress optic coefficient for all wavelengths employed. A similar technique was used for an identical disc that was loaded at room temperature.

It was found that the fringe constant was extremely linear with wavelength for both types of loading and for the materials CT200, CT1200 and MY750. The stress optic coefficient did not change much between sheets of the same material but was markedly different between materials. The dispersion of birefringence was found to be approximately constant but showed evidence of anomalous dispersion.

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Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2010 13:25
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