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A sampling moiré technique featuring 2pixel and multipixel sampling methods for highaccuracy strain distribution measurements at the micro/nanoscale is presented here.
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Copy Citation  Download CitationsWang, Q., Ri, S., Tsuda, H. Micro/Nanoscale Strain Distribution Measurement from Sampling Moiré Fringes. J. Vis. Exp. (123), e55739, doi:10.3791/55739 (2017).
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Abstract
This work describes the measurement procedure and principles of a sampling moiré technique for fullfield micro/nanoscale deformation measurements. The developed technique can be performed in two ways: using the reconstructed multiplication moiré method or the spatial phaseshifting sampling moiré method. When the specimen grid pitch is around 2 pixels, 2pixel sampling moiré fringes are generated to reconstruct a multiplication moiré pattern for a deformation measurement. Both the displacement and strain sensitivities are twice as high as in the traditional scanning moiré method in the same wide field of view. When the specimen grid pitch is around or greater than 3 pixels, multipixel sampling moiré fringes are generated, and a spatial phaseshifting technique is combined for a fullfield deformation measurement. The strain measurement accuracy is significantly improved, and automatic batch measurement is easily achievable. Both methods can measure the twodimensional (2D) strain distributions from a singleshot grid image without rotating the specimen or scanning lines, as in traditional moiré techniques. As examples, the 2D displacement and strain distributions, including the shear strains of two carbon fiberreinforced plastic specimens, were measured in threepoint bending tests. The proposed technique is expected to play an important role in the nondestructive quantitative evaluations of mechanical properties, crack occurrences, and residual stresses of a variety of materials.
Introduction
Micro/nanoscale deformation measurements are vitally essential for evaluating the mechanical properties, instability behaviors, residual stresses, and crack occurrences of advanced materials. Since optical techniques are noncontact, fullfield, and nondestructive, various optical methods have been developed for deformation measurement during the last few decades. In recent years, the micro/nanoscale deformation measurement techniques mainly include the moiré methods^{1}^{,}^{2}^{,}^{3}^{,}^{4}, geometric phase analysis (GPA)^{5}^{,}^{6}, Fourier transformation (FT), digital image correlation (DIC), and electronic speckle pattern interferometry (ESPI). Among these techniques, GPA and FT are not well suited for complex deformation measurements because multiple frequencies exist. The DIC method is simple but powerless against noise because the deformation carrier is random speckle. Finally, ESPI is strongly sensitive to vibration.
Among micro/nanoscale moiré methods, the most commonly used methods at present are the microscope scanning moiré methods, such as electron scanning moiré^{7}^{,}^{8}^{,}^{9}, laser scanning moiré^{10}^{,}^{11}, and atomic force microscope (AFM) moiré^{12}, and some microscopebased moiré methods, such as the digital/overlapping moiré^{13}^{,}^{14}^{,}^{15} method and the multiplication/fractional moiré method^{16}^{,}^{17}. The scanning moiré method has many advantages, such as a wide field of view, high resolution, and insensitivity to random noise. However, the traditional scanning moiré method is inconvenient for 2D strain measurements because it is necessary to rotate the sample stage or the scanning direction by 90° and to scan twice to generate moiré fringes in two directions^{18}. Rotation and the dual scanning processes introduce rotation error and take a long time, seriously influencing the measurement accuracy of the 2D strain, especially for the shear strain. Although the temporal phaseshifting technique^{19}^{,}^{20} can improve the deformation measurement accuracy, it requires time and a special phaseshift device unsuitable for dynamic tests.
The sampling moiré method^{21}^{,}^{22} has a high accuracy in displacement measurements and is now mainly used for deflection measurements on bridges when automobiles pass. To extend the sampling moiré method to micro/nanoscale 2D strain measurements, a reconstructed multiplication moiré method has been newly developed^{23} from 2pixel sampling moiré fringes, in which the measurements are twice as sensitive and the wide field of view of the scanning moiré method is kept. Moreover, the spatial phaseshifting sampling moiré method is also developed from multipixel sampling moiré fringes, allowing for highaccuracy strain measurements. This protocol will introduce the detailed strain measurement procedure and is expected to help researchers and engineers learn how to measure deformation, improving the manufacturing processes of materials and products.
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Protocol
1. Confirmation of the Micro/Nanoscale Grid on the Specimen
 Machining of the Specimen
 Cut the specimen to the size required by the specific loading device used under a microscope (e.g., 1 x 5 x 30 mm^{3}), making the surface to be observed 1.5x greater than the region of interest.
 Polish the specimen surface to be observed (e.g., 1 x 30 mm^{2}), successively using coarse and fine sand paper on an automatic polishing machine (e.g., use SiC foil #320 for 3 min and then #800 for 1 min at 150 rpm and 30 N). Clean the specimen using water after each polishing step.
 Polish the same specimen surface, successively using coarse and fine polishing solutions on the automatic polishing machine (e.g., use DPSpray P 15 µm for 5 min, P 1 µm for 8 min, and P 0.25 µm for 10 min at 150 rpm and 30 N). Clean the specimen using water after each polishing step.
 Fabrication of the Micro/Nanoscale Grid If No Periodic Pattern Exists on the Specimen
NOTE: This step can be omitted if a natural periodic pattern exists on the micro/nano scale on the specimen surface. Choose the grid fabrication method from the following: ultraviolet (UV) or heating nanoimprint lithography (NIL)^{26}, electron beam lithography (EBL)^{2}, and focused ion beam (FIB) milling^{6}.
NOTE: The grid fabrication process is introduced here, with UV NIL as an example. Drop 2 mL of UV resist on the specimen surface using a pipette.
 Coat the resist on the specimen surface using a spin coater at 1,500 rpm for 60 s.
 Press a nanoimprint mold to the resist layer at a pressure of 0.2 MPa. Expose the resist to UV with a wavelength of 375 nm for 30 s.
 Separate the nanoimprint mold from the specimen surface.
 Observation of the Grid on the Specimen Using a Microscope
 Coat a platinum or gold layer with a thickness of 310 nm on the grid surface using an ion coater (e.g., coating for 30 s at 3 Pa with a sputtering current of 30 mA).
 Put the specimen under a laser scanning microscope (LSM)^{23}.
NOTE: Other microscopes can also be used, such as a transmission electron microscope (TEM)^{5}, an atomic force microscope (AFM)^{12}, or a scanning electron microscope (SEM)^{7}.  Adjust the focus and save one grid image using the microscope by clicking "Capture" and "File  Export  Image File" in the image recording software of the microscope.
 Calculation of the Grid Pitch (nm or µm) of the Specimen from the Grid Image
 Calculate the average value of more than 10 grid pitches in the central area of the grid image to avoid the potential influence of the scanning or lens distortion.
NOTE: The grid on the specimen can be saved for several days at room temperature.
 Calculate the average value of more than 10 grid pitches in the central area of the grid image to avoid the potential influence of the scanning or lens distortion.
2. Acquisition of Grid Images in the Loading Test
 Preparation of the Loading Test Under the Microscope
 Fix the specimen to a loading device, such as a tensile, compressive, heating, or electrical loading device, under the microscope.
NOTE: If the grid pitch is less than 20 nm, a TEM or AFM should be used. If the grid pitch is 20 nm to 10 µm, an SEM can be used. If the grid pitch is greater than 400 nm, an LSM can be used.  Set the load speed (e.g.,0.01 mm/s) and the load or displacement incremental step (e.g., 0.5 N/step or 0.024 mm/step) according to the specific requirements. Preset both the load and displacement to zero.
 Make the grid surface in the observation plane. Choose an area of interest under a low magnification by moving or rotating the sample stage of the microscope.
 Select an appropriate magnification by making the grid pitch in the image greater than 1.8× one pixel size.
NOTE: Usually, it is better to make the grid pitch in the image greater than 2 pixels. The more pixels one grid pitch corresponds, the higher the accuracy of the deformation measurement, but the smaller the field of view of the measurement.
 Fix the specimen to a loading device, such as a tensile, compressive, heating, or electrical loading device, under the microscope.
 Collection of Grid Images in the Loading Test
 Save a grid image of the area of interest before loading by clicking "Capture" and "File  Export  Image File" in the image recording software of the microscope.
 Begin to load the specimen in situ onto the microscope by exerting the first load step (e.g., 0.5 N or 0.024 mm) using the operating software of the loading device.
 Record a grid image of the area of interest after the first load step (e.g., at 0.5 N or 0.024 mm) by clicking "Capture" and "File  Export  Image File" in the image recording software of the microscope. Ensure that the magnification and working distance of the microscope remain unchanged.
 Continue to load the specimen by exerting each load step using the loading device. Record the grid image after each load step until the specimen is broken or until a certain value is attained (e.g., load 19 times and record 19 grid images at 1 N, 1.5 N, 2.0 N, …, 10 N, at intervals of 0.5 N; or at 0.048 mm, 0.072 mm, 0.096 mm, …, 0.48 mm, at intervals of 0.024 mm). Make sure that the magnification and working distance of the microscope remains unchanged.
NOTE: The grid images can be saved for an arbitrarily long period of time.
3. Generation of Sampling Moiré Fringes before and after Deformation
 Estimation of Grid Pitches (pixel) in the Grid Images
 Estimate the grid pitch (unit: pixel) in the grid image before loading by measuring the distance between the centers of two adjacent grid dots in an image processing software (e.g., Microsoft Paint).
 Estimate the grid pitch in the grid image at the maximum load.
 Determination of Sampling Pitch (pixel)
 Move to step 3.2.2 when the grid pitches before and after deformation are between 1.8 and 2.5 pixels. Skip to step 3.2.3 when the grid pitches before and after deformation are between 2.4 and 3.6 pixels. Skip to step 3.2.4 when the grid pitches before and after deformation are greater than 3.2 pixels.
 Set the sampling pitch to T = 2 pixels. Skip to step 3.3.
 Set the sampling pitch to T = 3 pixels. Skip to step 3.3.
 Set the sampling pitch T to a positive integer within 0.75x and 1.25x the grid pitches before and after deformation, determined from abundant simulation results^{22}.
NOTE: If there are 2 positive integers that meet the requirements in steps 3.2.1 and 3.2.4, it is better to choose the greater integer as the sampling pitch. If there are 3 or more positive integers that meet the requirements, it is better to choose the middle integer, as long as it is a little bit greater than the sampling pitch.
 Generation of Sampling Moiré Fringes Before Deformation
 Open the grid image before deformation. Assuming that the x direction is horizontally rightward, the y direction is vertically downward, and the coordinate (0, 0) is at the topleft corner, calculate the image width W in the x direction and the image height H in the y direction.
NOTE: The y direction can also be defined as vertically upward.  Move to step 3.3.3 to generate moiré fringes in the y direction. Skip to step 3.3.7 to generate moiré fringes in the x direction.
 Process the grid image to a grating image using a lowpass filter (LPF). For example, use an FT algorithm to suppress the grating, with a principal direction of x, where the principal direction is defined as the direction perpendicular to the grating lines. Set the filter size to be close to the grid pitch.
 Thin out the grid image by only extracting the gray values in several horizontal lines, with the spacing of the sampling pitch T (T ≥2) from y = k pixels (k = 0) (Figure 1) (i.e., only keep the gray values in sampling lines of y = k pixels, y = k+T pixels, … , y = k + iT pixels, where i is a positive integer). Make the coordinate of the last sampling line, k + iT, less than the image height H.
 Generate a sampling moiré pattern in the y direction by performing fullfield intensity interpolation (linear or Bspline) of the image with horizontal sampling lines.
 Generate other T1 sampling moiré patterns in the y direction by repeating steps 3.3.4 and 3.3.5 T1 times by changing k at the incremental step of 1 pixel (i.e., shifting the starting point of thinning out to y = k pixels; k = 1, …, T1).
 Use the same procedures in steps 3.3.33.3.6 to generate Tstep spatial phaseshifting sampling moiré patterns in the x direction by changing x to y in step 3.3.3, changing the image height H to the image width W, and changing y to x in steps 3.3.43.3.6.
NOTE: The sampling pitch in the x direction can be different from that in the y direction.
 Open the grid image before deformation. Assuming that the x direction is horizontally rightward, the y direction is vertically downward, and the coordinate (0, 0) is at the topleft corner, calculate the image width W in the x direction and the image height H in the y direction.
 Generation of Sampling Moiré Fringes After Deformation
 Open all grid images at different loads. Suppose the number of grid images is N.
 Generate N groups of Tstep spatial phaseshifting moiré fringes in the y direction by repeating steps 3.3.33.3.6 N times.
 Generate N groups of Tstep spatial phaseshifting moiré fringes in the x direction by repeating step 3.3.7 N times.
4. Deformation Measurement of the Specimen in the Loading Test
 Determination of the Intensities of Moiré Fringes Before and After Deformation
 Extract the intensities of the Tstep moiré fringes before deformation in the y direction in steps 3.3.5 and 3.3.6; determine those moiré intensities in the x direction in step 3.3.7. Describe the Tstep (T ≥2) moiré intensities before deformation in the j (j = x, y) direction using the following equation^{23}:
(1)
where p_{j} is the grid pitch before deformation in the j (j = x, y) direction, A is the modulated amplitude, and D includes the background and the higherfrequency intensities.  Extract the intensities of the Tstep moiré fringes after deformation in the y direction in step 3.4.2 and determine those moiré intensities in the x direction in step 3.4.3. Describe the Tstep (T ≥ 2) moiré intensities after deformation in the j (j = x, y) direction using the same equation as above (Equation 1) by changing I_{m,}_{j}(k), p_{j}, A, and D to I'_{m,j}(k), p'_{j}, A', and D', respectively, where the superscript single quote means after deformation.
NOTE: If the sampling pitch is T ≥ 3 pixels, ignore this step and skip to step 4.3.
 Extract the intensities of the Tstep moiré fringes before deformation in the y direction in steps 3.3.5 and 3.3.6; determine those moiré intensities in the x direction in step 3.3.7. Describe the Tstep (T ≥2) moiré intensities before deformation in the j (j = x, y) direction using the following equation^{23}:

 Reconstruct multiplication moiré fringes from the multiplicative interference between the twostep sampling moiré intensities (Figure 1a) before deformation using the following equation^{23}
(2)
where I_{multi,}_{j} stands for the intensity of the reconstructed multiplication moiré fringes in the j ( j = x, y) direction before deformation.  Process the reconstructed multiplication moiré fringes before deformation using the fringe centering technique^{24}. Assign consecutive integers and half integers f_{j} = [1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, …] to the fringe orders at the center lines of the reconstructed multiplication moiré.
NOTE: If the multiplication moiré fringes are too dense, the fringe orders of the twostep sampling moiré can be determined first (i.e., f_{j}(0) = [1, 0, 2, 0, 3, 0, …] and f_{j}(1) = [0, 1.5, 0, 2.5, 0, 3.5, …]). The fringe order of the multiplication moiré fringes will be f_{j} = f_{j}(0) + f_{j}(1) = [1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, …]. The rigidbody displacement will not affect the strain result.  Measure the relative strain of the specimen before deformation relative to the sampling pitch using the following equations^{23}
(3)
(4)
where u_{j}_{_rela} and ε_{j}_{_rela} represent the relative displacement and the relative strain of the specimen before deformation in the j (j = x, y) direction, respectively, and γ_{xy}_{_rela} expresses the relative shear strain before deformation.  Repeat steps 4.2.14.2.3 to determine the relative strains of the specimen after deformation in the x and y directions for N times, changing I_{multi,}_{j}, I_{m,}_{j}(0), I_{m,}_{j}(1), p_{j}, A, D, u_{j}_{_rela} (j = x, y), ε_{j}_{_rela}, and γ_{xy}_{_rela} in equations (2)(4) to I'_{multi,}_{j}, I'_{m,}_{j}(0), I'_{m,}_{j}(1), p'_{j}, A', D', u'_{j}_{_rela }(j = x, y), ε'_{j}_{_rela}, and γ'_{xy}_{_rela}, respectively, where the superscript single quote means after deformation.
 Determine the actual normal strain ε_{j} in the j (j = x, y) direction, which is the relative change of the grid pitch and the shear strain, γ_{xy}, which is the absolute variation of the grid angle of the specimen caused by the load from the relative strains before and after deformation^{20}.
(5)
(6)
 Reconstruct multiplication moiré fringes from the multiplicative interference between the twostep sampling moiré intensities (Figure 1a) before deformation using the following equation^{23}
 Deformation Measurement When the Sampling Pitch is T ≥ 3 pixels
 Calculate the phase of the sampling moiré fringes in the j (j = x, y) direction before deformation when k = 0 (Figure 1b) using the spatial phaseshifting technique^{21}
(7)  Obtain the phase of the sampling moiré fringes in the j (j = x, y) direction after deformation when k =0 by replacing φ_{m,}_{j} and I_{m,}_{j}(k) in equation (7) with φ'_{m,}_{j} and I'_{m,}_{j}(k), respectively, where the superscript single quote means after deformation. Repeat N times for N loads.
NOTE: If there is too much random noise in the phase distributions in steps 4.3.1 and 4.3.2, a sin/cos filter^{25} can be used to smooth the phases.  Determine the phase difference of the sampling moiré fringes in the j (j = x, y) direction before and after deformation (i.e.,Δφ_{m,}_{j}=φ'_{m,}_{j}φ_{m,}_{j}).
 Measure the distributions of displacement u_{j}, normal strain ε_{j} in the j (j = x, y) direction, and the shear strain γ_{xy} of the specimen caused by the load. Use the following equations^{6}^{,}^{21}
(8)
(9)
(10)
NOTE: If there is too much noise in the strain distributions, an average smoothing filter can be used, with a filter size smaller than 2 grid pitches.
 Calculate the phase of the sampling moiré fringes in the j (j = x, y) direction before deformation when k = 0 (Figure 1b) using the spatial phaseshifting technique^{21}
 Result Storage
 Save the data of the moiré fringes, phases (when the sampling pitch is T ≥3 pixels), displacements, and strains in the forms of images, such as .tif or .bmp files, and text, such as .txt or .csv files.
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Representative Results
The 2D displacement and strain distributions of two carbon fiberreinforced plastic (CFRP) specimens (#1 and #2) were measured according to the moiré formation principle^{23} and the measurement process (Figure 1). The CFRP specimens were made up of 1011 µmdiameter K13D carbon fibers and epoxy resins. The deformation of CFRP #1 was determined using the reconstructed multiplication moiré method from twostep sampling moiré fringes, and that of CFRP #2 was measured using the spatial phaseshifting sampling moiré method from threestep sampling moiré fringes.
A) Deformation Measurement of CFRP #1
The thickness, length, and width of CFRP #1 were 1 mm, 22 mm, and 4 mm, respectively (Figure 2a). The length direction of all fibers was perpendicular to the 1 × 22 mm^{2} surface, which was polished using sand papers and polishing solutions. A grid with a pitch of 3.0 µm was fabricated on the polished surface using UV nanoimprint lithography (Figure 2b). A strain gauge was pasted on the bottom 4 × 22 mm^{2} surface to monitor the greatest tensile strain.
A threepoint bending test was carried out on CFRP #1 using a loading jig, with a support span of 16 mm, under a laser scanning microscope. The spantodepth ratio was 16 according to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. The grid images when the straingauge values were 0 and 0.00533 (Figure 2b) were recorded. The magnification of the objective lens of the microscope was 5×, and the scanning resolution was 1,024 x 1,024. The x direction is horizontally rightward and the y direction is vertically upward.
Since the grid pitches on CFRP #1 in both the x and y directions were around 2 pixels in the recorded image, the downsampling pitches in the two directions were set to be T = 2 pixels for the deformation measurement. To avoid the potential influence of scanning distortion, a central area with size of 1.26 x 0.53 mm^{2} was chosen as the area of interest. From 2pixel downsampling and equation (2), 2step sampling moiré patterns and the reconstructed multiplication moiré pattern were generated after deformation (Figure 2c). Using equations (3) and (4), the deformation relative to the sampling pitch when the strain gauge value was 0.00533 was calculated. Similarly, the relative deformation when the strain gauge value was 0 was also obtained. Finally, the actual deformation distributions, including the 2D displacements (Figure 2d), the 2D normal strains, and the shear strain (Figure 2e), were measured using equations (5) and (6).
From the displacement distributions (Figure 2d), the xdirection displacement is positive at the upperleft and lowerright corners, but negative at the other two corners. The ydirection displacement is negative in the whole area and at a minimum in the central area. This agrees well with the deformation features of a bending specimen. From the strain distributions (Figure 2e), the upper area bears compressive strain in the x direction but tensile strain in the y direction, and the lower area bears tensile strain in the x direction but compressive strain in the y direction, demonstrating an interesting deformation characteristic. The shear strain is negative in the left area and positive in the right area, conforming to the bending property.
B) Deformation Measurement of CFRP #2
The thickness, length, and width of the laminated CFRP #2 were 1 mm, 30 mm and 5 mm, respectively (Figure 3a). There were 8 layers, and the thickness of each layer was 0.13 mm. The length direction of all fibers was perpendicular to the 1 x 30 mm^{2} surface, which was polished using sand papers and polishing solutions. A grid with pitch of 3.7 µm was then fabricated on the polished surface using UV nanoimprint lithography (Figure 3b).
A threepoint bending test was carried out using a loading jig, with support span of 16 mm, under a laser scanning microscope. The spantodepth ratio was also 16. The grid image at the 0.2 N preload was first recorded. When the load was 10.8 N and the deflection was 200 µm, the deformed grid image was also recorded (Figure 3b). The magnification of the objective lens of the microscope was 5x, the imaging zoom was 120%, and the scanning resolution was 1,024 x 1,024 pixels. The x direction is horizontally rightward and the y direction is vertically upward.
Since the grid pitches on CFRP #2 in both the x and y directions were around 3 pixels in the recorded image, the downsampling pitches in the two directions were set to be T = 3 pixels for the deformation measurement. To avoid the potential influence of the scanning distortion, a central area with a size of 1.15 x 0.49 mm^{2} was chosen as the area of interest. Using the method described in step 4.3, the moiré phase distributions at 0.2 N and 10.8 N in both the x and y directions were obtained (Figure 3c). The distributions of the 2D inplane displacements (Figure 3d), the 2D normal strains, and the shear strain (Figure 3e) were determined.
The displacement distribution (Figure 3d) features of CFRP #2 are similar to those of CFRP #1 (Figure 2d), except that the ydirection displacement is slightly different. The features of the xdirection strain and the shear strain of CFRP #2 (Figure 3e) are also similar to those of CFRP #1 (Figure 2e), agreeing with the deformation features of a bending specimen. However, the ydirection strain of CFRP #2 (Figure 3e) is different than that of CFRP #1 because CFRP #2 is a laminated specimen. Several layers can be observed from the distribution of the ydirection strain, which is almost negative in the whole area.
Figure 1: Sampling moiré formation principle and measurement process. (a) Generation principle of reconstructed moiré from 2pixel sampling moiré fringes when the sampling pitch is T = 2 pixels. (b) Formation principle of multistep phaseshifting sampling moiré fringes and the measurement process for the moiré phase when the sampling pitch is T ≥3 pixels. Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.
Figure 2: Deformation measurement results of CFRP #1. (a) Experimental setup of the threepoint bending test under a laser microscope and the specimen diagram. (b) The observed surface of CFRP #1 with a micro grid. (c) Twostep sampling moiré patterns and the reconstructed multiplication moiré pattern when the strain gauge value was 0.00533. (d) The measured displacement distributions in the x and y directions. (e) The measured distributions of the x direction, y direction, and shear strains of CFRP #1. Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.
Figure 3: Deformation measurement results of laminated CFRP #2. (a) Diagram of the threepoint bending test under a laser microscope. (b) The observed surface of CFRP #2 with a micro grid. (c) The wrapped phase (range: π~π) distributions of the sampling moiré fringes at the 0.2 N preload and 10.8 N load in the x and y directions. (d) The measured displacement distributions in the x and y directions, where the deflection (200 µm) in the y direction was not displayed. (e) The measured distributions of the x direction, y direction, and shear strains of CFRP #2. Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.
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Discussion
In the described technique, one challenging step is the micro/nanoscale grid or grating (abbreviated as grid) fabrication^{26} if no periodic pattern exists on the specimen. The grid pitch should be uniform before deformation because it is an important parameter for the deformation measurement. If the material is a metal, a metal alloy, or a ceramic, UV or heating nanoimprint lithography (NIL)^{27}, electron beam lithography (EBL)^{2}, focused ion beam (FIB) milling^{6}, or the grid duplicate method^{26} can be used. If the material contains a weak polymer, EBL and FIB milling are not suggested. When a component of the material is not heatresisting, heating NIL cannot be used. If the specimen is a thin film, the grid duplicate method is difficult to apply because it is not easy to separate the specimen.
The critical step for the strain measurement of the grid image before and after deformation using the proposed technique is the generation of sampling moiré fringes^{22}, the principle of which is different from the formation principle of conventional interference moiré fringes. To generate distinct sampling moiré fringes, a lowpass filter, such as an FT algorithm, is suggested to suppress unwanted lines or dots. If the sampling moiré fringes are indistinct after downsampling (i.e., thinning out the grid image) and linearintensity interpolation, a smoothing filter, such as an average filter, can be adopted before downsampling. A second or even thirdorder Bspline interpolation algorithm can be used for the intensity interpolation to generate distinct sampling moiré fringes.
Compared with the traditional moiré methods, the proposed sampling moiré technique for strain distribution measurement has the advantage of being a simple 2D strain measurement and having simple processing, high speed, high deformation sensitivity, and high measurement accuracy^{23}. The 2D strain measurement can be easily performed without rotating the sample stage or the scanning lines of the microscope, which is necessary in conventional methods. In addition, dynamic deformation can be measured, as the required information is only a singleshot grid image at each load. This cannot be done with the temporal phaseshifting moiré method because several grid or moiré images are needed, along with time at each load.
Although the described technique allows for easy 2D strain measurements at the micro/nano scales, it has its own limitations^{23}, as does any other technique. The grid pitch in a recorded image should be greater than 1.8 pixels to generate 2pixel or multipixel sampling moiré fringes. If the grid pitch in the image is around 2 pixels, the 2pixel sampling moiré fringes can serve as the substitute for the microscope scanning moiré fringes, with the same field of view at the same magnification. However, if the grid pitch in an image is around 1 pixel at the highest scanning resolution of the microscope when distinct scanning moiré fringes are directly observable, sampling moiré fringes will be unable to form at the same magnification. Although sampling moiré fringes can be generated when increasing the microscope magnification, the field of view for the deformation measurement will decrease. Fortunately, the scanning resolutions of commercial microscopes are improving, and sampling moiré fringes can be generated in most cases. The higher the scanning resolution, the bigger the pixel number of one grid pitch, and the higher the strain measurement accuracy.
As opposed to the reconstructed multiplication moiré method from 2pixel sampling moiré fringes, the spatial phaseshifting sampling moiré method from multipixel sampling moiré fringes has a higher processing speed and a higher measurement accuracy but a smaller field of view. The choice of method depends on the pixel number of the specimen grid pitch, or on the required measurement accuracy and field of view if the pixel number of the specimen grid pitch is controllable. Both methods are useful for taking nondestructive deformation measurements and making quantitative evaluations of mechanical properties, crack occurrence and growth, residual stresses, defect detection, structural characterization, etc.
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Disclosures
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Acknowledgements
This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI, grant numbers JP16K17988 and JP16K05996, and by the CrossMinisterial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program, Unit D66, Innovative Measurement and Analysis for Structural Materials (SIPIMASM), operated by the cabinet office. The authors are also grateful to Drs. Satoshi Kishimoto and Kimiyoshi Naito at NIMS for their CFRP material.
Materials
Name  Company  Catalog Number  Comments 
Automatic Polishing Machine  Marumoto Struers K.K.  LaboPol30, Labor Force100  
Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic  Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc.  HYEJ16M95DHX1  
Computer  DELL Japan  VOSTRO  Can be replaced with another computer with C++ programming language 
Image Recording Software  Lasertec Corporation  LMEYE7  Installed in a laser scanning microscope 
Ion Coater  Japan Electron Optics Laboratory Ltd.  JEC3000F  
Laser Scanning Microscope  Lasertec Corporation  OPTELICS HYBRID  
Nanoimprint Device  Japan Laser Corporation  EUN4200  Can be replaced with a electron beam lithography device or a focused ion beam milling device 
Nanoimprint Mold  SCIVAX Corporation  3.0μm pitch  Customized 
Nanoimprint Resist  Toyo Gosei Co., Ltd  PAK01  
Polishing Solution  Marumoto Struers K.K.  DPSpray P 15μm, 1μm, 0.25μm  Use from coarse to fine 
Pipet  AS ONE Corporation  10mL  
Sand Paper  Marumoto Struers K.K.  SiC Foil #320, #800  Use from coarse to fine 
Spin Coater  MIKASA Corporation  MSA100 
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