Moire interferometry is used as an alternate technique to resistance strain gages in finding full-field, local strain response of weldments to applied loads. The principles of moire interferometry and the experimental set-up are explained. Data from the two techniques are compared, with no major discrepancies. The strain field around a surface defect is analyzed using moire data. It is concluded that the moire technique is useful for obtaining full-field strain data in welds.

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