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Research project: Development of novel high strain rate tests

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Sponsor(s): European Office of Aerospace Research and Development, Chinese CSC

  • Lack of representative constitutive models at high strain rates (crash, blast, machining etc.)
  • New opportunities based on ultrahigh speed imaging and inertial loading
  • Innovation: use of inertial forces as load cell
  • Inversion technique: Virtual Fields Method (

Example: new inertial free impact test

new inertial free impact test
new inertial free impact test
Strain evolution
Strain evolution
Indentification of Young's modulus at each time step
Indentification of Young's modulus
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