Engineering Transactions, 59, 2, pp. 101–117, 2011

Mechanical Characterization of Steel for Fastening in a Wide Range of Strain Rate

E. CADONI
University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland DynaMat Laboratory

A. M. BRAGOV
State University of Nizhny Novgorod Research Institute of Mechanics

M. DOTTA
University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland DynaMat Laboratory

D. FORNI
University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland DynaMat Laboratory

A. KONSTANTINOV
State University of Nizhny Novgorod Research Institute of Mechanics

A. LOMUNOV
State University of Nizhny Novgorod Research Institute of Mechanics

A. RIPAMONTI
Agrati Group S.p.A.

In this paper, the preliminary results of the mechanical characterization in a wide range of
strain rate of the 30MnB4 steel, usually adopted for fasteners, are described. In this study the
different issues required to implement the dynamic test results in numerical code have been
analyzed. Different experimental techniques have been used for different strain rates: univer-
sal machine, Hydro-Pneumatic Machine, JRC-Modified Hopkinson Bar and Split Hopkinson
Pressure Bar. The failure at high strain rate has been examined by means of fast digital image
recording systems. The material shows enhanced mechanical properties increasing the strain
rate: this fact can be taken into consideration to improve the product design and the manu-
facturing process. The experimental research has been developed in the DynaMat laboratory
of the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland and in the Laboratory of Dy-
namic Investigation of Materials in Nizhny Novgorod, in the frame of the Swiss – Russian Joint
Research Program.
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