DYMAT 2009
Volume 1, 2009
DYMAT 2009 - 9th International Conference on the Mechanical and Physical Behaviour of Materials under Dynamic Loading
Page(s) 149 - 154
Section Experimental Techniques
Published online 15 September 2009
DYMAT 2009 (2009) 149-154
DOI: 10.1051/dymat/2009020

Development of a multi-section striker for split Hopkinson bar experiments and numerical simulations

A. Bouamoul, M. Bolduc and R. Arsenault

Defence Research and Development Canada, 2459 Pie-XI Blvd North, Quebec, Qc, Canada, G3J 1X5

Published online: 15 September 2009

High strain rate testing is essential in the development of new materials under high dynamic loading conditions. Often, these new materials are very expensive and of limited quantities. For high dynamic loading using the split Hopkinson apparatus, the idea of using a striker that produces multiple strain rates in one test was investigated. The concept consists of using a multi-section striker with two different diameters to produce two strain rates using a single test sample. To test the concept, a first striker having two equal-length sections of different diameters was used and the results looked promising. A second striker made of several equal-length sections of two different diameters was tried. Results obtained confirm the usefulness of the approach, but preliminary results needs to be analyzed carefully to optimize the striker design. Numerical simulation using the hydrodynamic finite element code LS-DYNA was used to model the split Hopkinson bar and striker and contribute in the understanding of results.

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