J. Phys. IV France
Volume 110, September 2003
Page(s) 543 - 549

J. Phys. IV France
110 (2003) 543
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20020750

High strain rate testing of aluminium alloy & high speed photography

M. Lambert, C. Froustey, J.L. Charles and J.L. Lataillade

Laboratoire Matériaux Endommagement Fiabilité et Ingénierie des Procédés, ENSAM de Bordeaux, Esplanade des Arts et Métiers, 33405 Talence cedex, France

In order to gain in safety, it is necessary to study material responses in severe conditions, for instance under dynamic loadings, especially in the case of light alloys used in car, nautical and aeronautical industries. The initiated study concerns fatigue-impact coupling effects on a commercial aluminium alloy (AA5454) used in car industry. Through a part of this investigation, by modificating the pre-existent flywheel, we try to characterize its dynamic strain and failure properties. The first modification is the changing of the specimen holding device, using a new measurement technique, inspired by the Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar. This allows us to obtain data directly exploitable for the derivation of the intrinsie material behaviour, avoiding then a numerical post treatment. Furthermore, we present the multi-CCD camera system that we set up in addition to the flywheel apparatus. This photographie device is associated to this equipment in order to visualize localisation of plastic strain and subsequent failure phenomenon.

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