Dynamic Shear Failure of Materials

  • D. Rittel


Dynamic shear failure is addressed from the experimental point of view, presenting first the shear compression specimen (SCS) that is used to characterize the mechanical properties of various materials subjected to dynamic shear loading. Results are reported for various metallic alloys, addressing the stress–strain curve itself and the related issue of thermomechanical coupling. Specific examples are shown such as the isotropy of properties for swaged heavy W-base alloys, phase transformation under dynamic shear in pure iron, characterization of the thermomechanical coupling in pure tantalum, and finally, the applicability of the digital image correlation technique to the large-strain behavior of shape memory nickel–titanium alloy. The second part of this chapter concentrates on various aspects of adiabatic shear failure. Several fundamental questions are addressed such as a new energetic criterion for the onset of adiabatic shear, the sensitivity of this failure mechanism to hydrostatic pressure, and stress concentration effects. An example of the pressure–strain rate-related brittle to ductile transition is presented for the case of commercial polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), illustrating dynamic shear failure in a nominally brittle material. Finally, the role of the adiabatic temperature elevation in the sheared gauge section is addressed through a simultaneous monitoring of the stress, strain, and temperature in the specimen. The results show a very moderate temperature rise in the investigated materials prior to localization, and also allow for the identification of three distinct stages of the deformation process based on the thermal recordings. The chapter ends by a summary and discussion of the main points presented.


Dynamic shear Adiabatic shear band Failure Shear compression specimen 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, TechnionHaifaIsrael

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