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A crossbow system for high-strain-rate mechanical testing


Hamdan, S. and Swallowe, G. M. (1996) A crossbow system for high-strain-rate mechanical testing. Measurement Science and Technology, 7 (7). pp. 1068-1072. ISSN 0957-0233; ESSN: 1361-6501

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This paper describes a technique developed to measure the uniaxial compressive stress - strain properties of polymers at strain rates appropriate to ballistic and impact events over time scales of tens of microseconds using a crossbow as the projectile launch system. The instrument constructed represents a novel development of existing equipment types. The system is used for compression testing giving stress - strain measurements at strain rates of up to 10⁴ s⁻¹ and over a temperature range of 20-200°c . Stress is calculated directly from a measured force obtained from a calibrated pressure bar. Strain is calculated from the sample displacement measured directly from the intensity reduction of a laser-photodiode unit. The crossbow system provides a relatively inexpensive, reliable and compact alternative to a standard Hopkinson bar.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Universiti Pertanian Malaysia
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Publisher: Institute of Physics
Keywords: Thermal; Strain rates; Stress - strain properties of polymers
Depositing User: Azhar Abdul Rahman
Date Deposited: 28 May 2015 08:56
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 08:56
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