The use of the split Hopkinson pressure bar techniques in high strain rate materials testing

M. M. Al-Mousawi, S. R. Reid, W. F. Deans

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Abstract

The use of the split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) techniques for materials testing under a high rate of loading is described, including various modifications of the original compression testing set-up for tension testing, torsion testing and dynamic fracture testing. Details of measurement techniques and instrumentation are included together with the calibration of the air gun and strain wave measuring system. The SHPB techniques provide a relatively cheap and simple method for high strain rate materials testing with an acceptable level of accuracy when sufficient care is taken for the proper lubrication of the interfaces and the correct length-radius ratio of the specimen is chosen. The limitations of the method are discussed and possible improvements using FFT (fast Fourier transform) techniques to take into account dispersion effects are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-292
Number of pages20
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
Volume211
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997

Keywords

  • Dynamic compression
  • Fracture toughness
  • High strain rate testing
  • Materials testing
  • Split hopkinson pressure bar
  • Tension
  • Torsion

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