Shock-front loading method for studies in dynamic photoelasticity - Paper outlines a versatile method of applying a well-defined dynamic load to models for photoelastic stress studies

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A versatile technique for applying a well-defined dynamic load to models for studies in dynamic photoelasticity is described. The method utilizes the shock front produced in a gas-dynamic shock tube to apply a load to models by direct normal impact. The principles and scope of the method are described and some examples of the dynamic stresses arising from shock-front impact on a low-modulus photoelastic model are presented and discussed. The method is suited to studies where simple variation and accurate determination of the load-cycle parameters, as well as precise reproducibility, are necessary. The method, in addition, permits close-field study of the initial response of materials to dynamic loading to be undertaken.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-355
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental Mechanics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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