Journal of Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics

34, 2, pp. 207-233, Warsaw 1996

Trends of experimental mechanics

Jacek Stupnicki
The present contribution aims at presentation of modern trends of experimental mechanics as well as fields of greatest activity and advanced experimental methods enabling acquisition of yet unattainable or more reliable information.

Widespread application of experimental methods observed nowadays has emerged as a result of linear approach limits being reached, together with the necessity for new states and processess to be observed. On the other hand, it should be noted that experimental methods have been developed rapidlly for the last decade due to application of the techniques used till now only in physical laboratories, revealing new capabilities emerging from advanced computer methods of data acquisition and data processing.

The survey has been made basing on over thirty papers presented in 1993-94 at most representative conferences on experimental mechanics.