Development of an innovative specimen geometry for tensile split Hopkinson tests
European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
2 I-Cube Research/Bmax, 30 boulevard de Thibaud, 31104 Toulouse, France
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Published online: 9 September 2021
Specimen manufacturing is one of the critical issues to solve during a dynamic material characterization, especially by mean of the Hopkinson bar technique. In particular, concerning tensile testing, the sample is generally axisymmetric with two threaded ends to directly connect it to the Hopkinson bars. In this context, this work presents the development of an innovative sample geometry and related fixtures that can be widely adopted when conventional manufacturing procedures are problematic or when there are numerous specimens. The Tensile Hopkinson Extruded Design Sample (THEDS) geometry requires properly shaped bar ends that can be obtained by wire electrical-discharge machining. The THEDS geometry has been efficiently applied to a test campaign on electron-beam welded copper and niobium specimens. The performances of the developed geometry have first been assessed using digital image correlation (DIC) to compare the results obtained at quasi-static and intermediate velocities with a standard tensile specimen geometry. Secondly, dynamic tests at up to about 1000 s-1 have been performed with a modified Hopkinson bar system at the European Commission (JRC) using the THEDS geometry.
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