Introduction to Photoelasticity

This TLP is based on lab work within the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. The TLP provides an introduction to the topic of photoelasticity and preparation for lab work. Photographs illustrate many features of birefringence in polymers under polarised light.

Photograph of a protractor under polarised light


First created: April 2004. Fully reviewed and updated: July 2009.