The deformation-to-fracture evolution of a flexible polymer material under high-strain-rate compressive loading conducted by a split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) setup was investigated. Representative tests were carried out at different strain rate levels, followed by the characterization of dynamic damage after each test. Craze and crack patterns on the end surface of the specimen were carefully analyzed. The failure patterns appear along the radial and circumferential directions. The sequence of their formation with increasing strain/stress level was revealed. The mechanisms resulting in the craze and crack patterns were analyzed. The heterogeneous stress distribution in the specimen and the resultant damage morphologies were demonstrated. This research not only shows the deformation-to-fracture evolution of a flexible polymer material under SHPB loading, but also provides a better clarification of the localized stress distribution in the tested material via SHPB technique.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2018|
- Flexible polymer
- Split Hopkinson pressure bar