Nov 5, 2002

A comparison of deconvolution techniques for stress relaxation

Journal of Biomechanics
A D HolmesJ C Y Leong


Stress relaxation (or equivalently creep) allows a large range of the relaxation (retardation) spectrum of materials to be examined, particularly at lower frequencies. However, higher frequency components of the relaxation curves (typically of the order of Hertz) are attenuated due to the finite time taken to strain the specimen. This higher frequency information can be recovered by deconvolution of the stress and strain during the loading period. This paper examines the use of three separate deconvolution techniques: numerical (Fourier) deconvolution, semi-analytical deconvolution using a theoretical form of the strain, and deconvolution by a linear approximation method. Both theoretical data (where the exact form of the relaxation function is known) and experimental data were used to assess the accuracy and applicability of the deconvolution methods. All of the deconvolution techniques produced a consistent improvement in the higher frequency data up to the frequencies of the order of Hertz, with the linear approximation method showing better resolution in high-frequency analysis of the theoretical data. When the different deconvolution techniques were applied to experimental data, similar results were found for all three dec...Continue Reading

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