Where the evaluation of the mechanical properties and behaviour of building
materials is concerned, there is still not a universally accepted solution for making
Optical diagnostic techniques are particularly attractive for a non-destructive
evaluation of a surface's state and the detection of incipient damage. Non-contact,
high precision measurements and full-field of observation are features that can bring
enormous advantages in experimental tests. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.