Title: A new apparatus for large scale dynamic tests on materials
Citation: EXPERIMENTAL MECHANICS vol. 56 no. 5 p. 785-796
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC100014
ISSN: 0014-4851
URI: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11340-015-0123-0
DOI: 10.1007/s11340-015-0123-0
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The development of an innovative apparatus, based on Hopkinson bar techniques, for performing large scale dynamic tests is presented and discussed. The activity is centered at the recently upgraded HOPLAB facility, which is basically a split Hopkinson bar with a total length of approximately 200 m, with bar diameters of 72 mm and where force pulses up to 2 MN and 40 ms duration can be generated and strain rates up to 50 s −1 can be achieved. Several modifications in the basic configuration have been introduced: twin incident and transmitter bars have been installed with strong steel plates at their ends where large specimens can be placed. A series of calibration and quantification tests has been conducted in order to prove the reliability of the experimental technique proposed. Moreover, real tests on concrete cylindrical samples of 200 mm diameter and of up to 400 mm length have been performed. Analyses of recorded signals indicate proper Hopkinson bar testing conditions and reliable functioning of the facility.
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