Engineering Transactions, 59, 4, pp. 251–262, 2011

METHODOLOGY FOR COMPARISON OF HYDROCODE MODELLING WITH EXPERIMENT FOR SPLIT HOPKINSON PRESSURE BAR (SHPB) TESTING OF SOFT MATERIALS

P. CHURCH
QinetiQ, WES

R. PEREIRA
QinetiQ, WES

P. GOULD
QinetiQ, WES

I. LEWTAS
QinetiQ, WES

The objective of this work is to develop a technique for reliable comparison of simulations
with SHPB data in order to validate material models for “soft” materials such as polymers.
Comparison with an output stress-strain curve is not sufficient since there are many assump-
tions built into this analysis. Primarily these concern the notion that the specimen is in stress
equilibrium and volume is conserved. The problem is that the choice of material model for the
specimen in the simulation dictates how and when the specimen attains stress equilibrium.
The main methodology is based on comparing the simulations with the raw strain gauge data
on the input and output bars, which makes no assumptions about stress equilibrium. However,
one has to account for the well documented Pochhammer-Chree oscillations and their effect
on the specimen.
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