Single rod impact tests: Analytical, experimental, and modelling investigation
Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, UK
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Published online: 7 September 2015
This work investigates the single rod impact test technique, from which wave propagation characteristics, i.e. the propagation coefficient and wave speed, can be obtained and used to identify the material modulus as a function of frequency. To accomplish this, an elastic Titanium rod and a viscoelastic Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) rod have been tested. With a known modulus, the Titanium rod modulus was successfully recovered from the wave propagation coefficient in a frequency range of 5 kHz ∼ 30 kHz, which verifies the validity of this technique. The PMMA modulus identified by this technique agrees reasonably with the modulus derived from DMA tests in the range 2 kHz ∼ 20 kHz. The good agreement between the theoretical and simulation-based modulus further confirms the effectiveness of the single rod impact test in this use. It is also demonstrated that the single rod impact technique is capable of detecting the minor mechanical changes induced by temperature variations as small as 2 °C.
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