Dynamic testing of composite laminates with a tensile split Hopkinson bar

H. Eskandari, J. A. Nemes

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A tensile version of the split Hopkinson bar, suitable for dynamic testing of laminated composite materials, is introduced. A pulse duration of 200-250 microseconds and peak strain rates of up to 350 s-1 are obtained. Tests performed on a quasi-isotropic lay-up of graphite-epoxy show good repeatability. To determine the significance of rate-dependency, static tests were also performed using an identical specimen configuration as in the dynamic tests. Comparison of the Hopkinson bar tests to those performed at a quasi-static rate on a hydraulic test machine shows the rate-dependency of this lay-up of graphite-epoxy. Tensile strength and fracture strain are found to be higher for dynamic testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-273
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Composite Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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