Digital Image Correlation (DIC)

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Digital Image Correlation (DIC) is a 3D full-field, non-contact optical technique to measure contour, deformation, vibration and strain on almost any material. The technique can be used with many tests including tensile, torsion, bending and combined loading for both static and dynamic applications. The method can be applied from very small (micro) to large testing areas – and the results are readily comparable with FEA results or strain gauges.

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Digital Image Correlation (DIC) demonstration

Key Features:

  • 3D Full-field, Real-time display of displacement and strain overlaid on live image
  • Real-Time Correlation with analog voltage output – evaluate, display and output data in real-time for interfacing with other equipment
  • Multi-camera system for up to 360 degree measurement around an object and simultaneous front and back side measurements (thinning)
  • Measurement area < 1mm up to several square meters
  • Fast and easy automatic calibration procedure
  • Online feedback of accuracy and quality
  • All data with a confidence margin (error approximation)
  • Full access to data using an open data format
  • Synchronous recording of analog data
  • Extended export to FEA software for comparisons
  • Different coordinate systems
  • High speed cameras up to 1,000,000 frames/sec

DIC Solutions



EduDIC is a complete measurement system designed as a simple and convenient educational training tool for academic courses in experimental solid mechanics

DIC Standard 3D

The Q-400 system is used for determination of three-dimensional material properties in tensile, torsion, bending or combined tests

DIC Handheld

The Q-480 is a fully portable optical measuring instrument for analysis of displacements and strains on large industrial components and structures


The Q-400 μDIC system is specially designed for measurement of warpage and thermal expansion within the micro-electronics and components industry


The Q-400 TCT system is designed for complete three-dimensional and highly sensitive warpage, thermal expansion, and strain analysis

DIC High-Speed

Based on the digital image correlation technique, the Q-450 system is designed for full-field vibration analysis and high speed transient events

Videoextensometer RTSS

The Videoextensometer RTSS system measures the longitudinal and transversal strain during materials tests

Application Scripting and Modules

The Istra4D DIC application scripting functionality allows users to initiate custom, numerical computations of application data series.

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