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Robust Intermediate Strain Rate Experimentation Using the Serpentine Transmitted Bar

Whittington, W. R., Oppedal, A. L., Francis, D.K., & Horstemeyer, M. (2015). Robust Intermediate Strain Rate Experimentation Using the Serpentine Transmitted Bar. SEM Annual Conference Proceedings 2015. Costa Mesa, CA: Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. and Springer.

The stress-strain behavior of a material at intermediate strain rates (between 5 /s and 500 /s) is important for characterizing dynamic deformation events. A material's mechanical behavior can be strain rate dependent; calibrating constitutive models at actual strain rates of interest are essential for high fidelity simulations. Strain rates below 5 /s are easily accomplished with conventional electro-mechanical or servo-hydraulic load frames. Strain rates above 500 /s are typically performed with the split Kolsky/Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) and other devices depending upon the strain rate. The intermediate strain rate regime is a difficult test regime in which researchers have tried to extend the use of specially instrumented servo-hydraulic load frames or very long Hopkinson bars. We describe a novel design of a serpentine Hopkinson transmitted bar that allows for accurate and robust load acquisition in the intermediate strain rate regime. This design produces repeatable stress-strain results without the stress oscillations typical of a specially instrumented servo-hydraulic load frame and produces data for a longer test time than a conventional Kolsky/Hopkinson bar of the same length.