Welcome at the website of the OPTIMESS
Scientific Research Network
OPTIMESS is a Scientific Research Networks in applied sciences, funded
Fund for Scientific Research (Flanders), for the period 2004-2008.
the last decades, the design of structures and systems has undergone an
evolution to miniaturization and usage of lightweight materials. This is
the case for mechanical structures (e.g. aircraft components), civil
structures (e.g. composite and textile constructions), biomedical
structures (e.g. lightweight implants) and for electronic systems
(e.g. micro- and nano- electromechanical systems).
the same time more stringent requirements are imposed onthe strength and
the durability of these structures and systems. In order to be able to
fulfill these needs it is very important that the static and dynamic
properties of the structures and systems are known with a high
reliability and spatial resolution. The classical measurement
techniques for measuring (static and dynamic) displacements and strains
clearly fail in this purpose. As an attractive alternative, optical
measurement techniques can be used. Besides
the fact that they give a high amount of spatial information, they also
allow measurements to be taken in invasive environments.
there has been an important increase in the research on optical
measurement techniques, both in Flanders and internationally. One of the
major limitations of the development of the research potential in Flanders
is the fact that the research activities concerning optical measurement
techniques are scattered in many different research groups. Since these
groups also cover different application areas (material science,
mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biomedical science and
electronics) communication is not trivial. However, the past has shown
that collaboration between different application groups can result in a
breakthrough in optical measurement methods. Indeed, due to the
development of the so-called Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) techniques
in fluid mechanics, image correlation techniques for strain fields have
emerged rapidly thereafter as the structural counterparts.
aim of the network is to improve communication on scientific
developments on optical measurement techniques for the characterization
of the static and dynamic behavior of structures and systems. At the
same time the scientific research group hopes to consolidate and expand
its international contacts.
particular, the following scientific goals are targeted by the FWO (Fund
for Scientific Research Flanders) research community:
extension of optical measurement techniques that have been developed
and/or validated by one of the partners to other members of the
community (i.e. other application areas)
optimization of existing measurement techniques by using results of
parallel developments within other groups.
complementary expertise in the individual labs with respect to the
different aspects of the measurement problem (design of the measurement
set up, signal processing of measurement results and application and
validation in the different areas)
number of optical measurement techniques will be investigated (list is
Speckle Pattern Interferometry (ESPI)
about recent developments on optical measurement techniques on an
international level will be monitored and exchanged by the different
members of the research community. Therefore cooperation between
external research groups will be stimulated.
above goals will be realized by setting up a permanent cooperation
between the participating research groups, which extends the currently
existing temporary cooperation between some of the groups.