Date of Award


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MS)

College, School or Department Name

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


Jason Blough


Electrical impedance tomography is applied to the problem of detecting, locating, and tracking fractures in ballistics gelatin. The hardware developed is intended to be physically robust and based on off-the-shelf hardware. Fractures were created in two separate ways: by shooting a .22 caliber bullet into the gelatin and by injecting saline solution into the gelatin. The .22 caliber bullet created an air gap, which was seen as an increase in resistivity. The saline solution created a fluid filled gap, which was seen as a decrease in resistivity. A double linear array was used to take data for each of the fracture mechanisms and a two dimensional cross section was inverted from the data. The results were validated by visually inspecting the samples during the fracture event. It was found that although there were reconstruction errors present, it was possible to reconstruct a representation of the resistive cross section. Simulations were performed to better understand the reconstructed cross-sections and to demonstrate the ability of a ring array, which was not experimentally tested.