Stress-Strain Response of PMMA as a Function of Strain-Rate and Temperature
The strain rate response of PMMA was investigated under uniaxial compression at room temperature at strain-rates ranging from 0.0001/sec to about 4300/sec. In addition, the temperature response of PMMA was investigated at strain-rates of 1/sec and 0.001/sec at temperatures ranging from 0°C to 115°C (below Tg). High rate experiments at room temperature (greater than 1/sec rates) were conducted using a split-Hopkinson Pressure bar (SHPB) with pulse-shaping. This is necessary to induce a compressive loading on the specimen at a constant strain rate to achieve dynamic stress equilibrium. Results conducted at room temperature show that PMMA is strain rate sensitive from quasi-static to dynamic loading. Additionally, the stress-strain response exhibits a decrease in the flow stress with an increase in temperature. These experimental data are being used to develop constitutive behavior models of PMMA.
KeywordsPetroleum Polyethylene Epoxy Brittle Tungsten
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