J. Phys. IV France
Volume 110, September 2003
Page(s) 687 - 692

J. Phys. IV France
110 (2003) 687
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20020773

Failure mechanisms in ductile and brittle materials during Taylor impact

D.D. Radford1, G.R. Willmott2, S.M. Walley2 and J.E. Field2

1  Now at University of Cambridge, Depaltment of Engineering, Trumpinton St., Cambridge CB2 1PZ, U.K.
2  PCS, Cavendish Laboratory, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HE, U.K.

Taylor impact tests were performed on ductile and brittle materials metals and the results indicate that failure is initiated by the coalescence of lateral release waves behind the incident shock formed upon impact. The failure process in the ductile materials involves nucleation and growth of voids and in the brittle materials it is shear-induced micro-cracking.

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