11. High Strain Rate Compression Testing of Ceramics and Ceramic Composites

  1. Jeffrey J. Swab
  1. William R. Blumenthal

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470291276.ch11

Advances in Ceramic Armor: A Collection of Papers Presented at the 29th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, January 23-28, 2005, Cocoa Beach, Florida, Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 26, Number 7

Advances in Ceramic Armor: A Collection of Papers Presented at the 29th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, January 23-28, 2005, Cocoa Beach, Florida, Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 26, Number 7

How to Cite

Blumenthal, W. R. (2005) High Strain Rate Compression Testing of Ceramics and Ceramic Composites, in Advances in Ceramic Armor: A Collection of Papers Presented at the 29th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, January 23-28, 2005, Cocoa Beach, Florida, Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 26, Number 7 (ed J. J. Swab), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470291276.ch11

Author Information

  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory Mail Stop G-75S Los Alamos, NM 87545

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781574982374

Online ISBN: 9780470291276

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Keywords:

  • kolsky split hopkinson pressure bar;
  • mechanical behavior;
  • macroscopically measured;
  • ceramic metal;
  • pressure bars

Summary

The compressive deformation and failure behavior of ceramics and ceramic-metal composites for armor applications has been studied as a function of strain rate at Los Alamos National Laboratory since the late 1980s. High strain rate (˜103 s−1) uniaxial compression loading can be achieved using the Kolsky-split-Hopkinson pressure bar (Kolsky-SHPB) technique, but special methods must be used to obtain valid strength results. This paper reviews these methods and the limitations of the Kolsky-SHPB technique for this class of materials.