Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Weinong W. Chen, Bo Song
    Pages 1-35
  3. Weinong W. Chen, Bo Song
    Pages 37-75
  4. Weinong W. Chen, Bo Song
    Pages 77-118
  5. Weinong W. Chen, Bo Song
    Pages 119-175
  6. Weinong W. Chen, Bo Song
    Pages 177-207
  7. Weinong W. Chen, Bo Song
    Pages 209-231
  8. Weinong W. Chen, Bo Song
    Pages 233-260
  9. Weinong W. Chen, Bo Song
    Pages 261-289
  10. Weinong W. Chen, Bo Song
    Pages 313-347
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 349-388

About this book


The authors systematically describe the general principles of Kolsky bars, or split Hopkinson bars, which are widely used for obtaining dynamic material properties. Modifications are introduced for obtaining reliable data. Specific experiment design guidelines are provided to subject the specimen to desired testing conditions.

Detailed Kolsky-bar examples are given for different classes of materials (brittle, ductile, soft, etc) and for different loading conditions (tension, torsion, triaxial, high/low temperatures, intermediate strain rate, etc). The Kolsky bars used for dynamic structural characterization are briefly introduced. A collection of dynamic properties of various materials under various testing conditions is included which may serve as a reference database.

This book assists both beginners and experienced professionals in characterizing high-rate material response with high quality and consistency. Readers who may benefit from this work include university students, instructors, R & D professionals, and scholars/engineers in solid mechanics, aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering, as well as materials science and engineering.


Brittle materials Ductile materials Experimental Mechanics Kolsky bars Soft materials Split Hopkinson bars

Authors and affiliations

  • Weinong Chen
    • 1
  • Bo Song
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Materials EngineeringPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Materials Science & Engineering CenterSandia National Laboratories, CaliforniaLivermoreUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-7981-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-7982-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-5122
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