An original experimental approach is presented to automatically determine the average phase distribution around damage sites in multi-phase materials. An objective measure is found to be the average intensity around damage sites, calculated using many images. This method has the following benefits: no phase identification or manual interventions are required, and statistical fluctuations and measurement noise are effectively averaged. The method is demonstrated for dual-phase steel, revealing subtle unexpected differences in the morphology surrounding damage in strongly and weakly banded microstructures.
T.W.J. de Geus, C. Du, J.P.M. Hoefnagels, R.H.J. Peerlings, M.G.D. Geers. Systematic and objective identification of the microstructure around damage directly from images. Scripta Materialia 113:101-105, 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2015.10.007