A method for full field measurement of strain (and strain rate) in split Hopkinson bar experiments (compression, tensile, and shear) is introduced. The measurements are done by using the Aramis three-dimensional image correlation system. The system uses two digital high-speed cameras that provide a synchronized stereo view of the specimen. Depending on the number of pixels used, the system is capable or recording frames at a rate of up to about 110,000 per second. Before conducting a test, a random dot pattern is applied to the surface of the specimen. The image correlation algorithm uses the dot pattern to define a field of overlapping virtual gage boxes. The 3-D coordinates of the center of each gage box is determined at each frame, interpolated to better than 1/100 of a pixel. The coordinates are then used for calculating the deformations, strains, and strain rates throughout the surface of the specimen.

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