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Title: Behaviour of metals as a function of strain-rate and temperature
Author: Ashton, Mark
ISNI:       0000 0001 3430 5716
Awarding Body: Loughborough University
Current Institution: Loughborough University
Date of Award: 1999
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Five materials, copper (two versions), iron, and armour plate steel (two versions) have been tested at different strain-rates and temperatures. All tests were in compression. The materials were studied to provide experimental data for input into hydrocode models of armour behaviour by the Defence Research Agency, Fort Halstead. A wide selection of metals was examined so that comparisons could be drawn between modelling the behaviour of face centred and body centred cubic metals, and to carry out a broader investigation into how the results obtained were affected by the test methods. Experiments were performed at temperatures from -100°C to 20°C and mean plastic strain-rates from 10-3 to 103 S-l, using a Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB) system for high strain-rates and a Hounsfield 50 kN machine for quasistatic conditions. The stress-strain behaviour of the materials as a function of temperature and strain-rate was then determined. The effects of interfacial friction on the measured compreSSlve properties of copper and the armour plate steels have been investigated. Since the coefficient of friction was the critical parameter, ring tests were carried out and the Avitzur analysis applied. In general, the coefficient of friction decreased with increasing strain-rate and temperature. The tested specimen's appearance indicated the same friction trends. Hydrocode modelling of the SHPB system produced corrections to the flow stress, to compensate for interfacial friction, that agree well with those predicted by the Avitzur analysis. Deformed finite element mesh plots analysed in conjunction with barrelled specimens have given a clearer insight into the mechanisms of interfacial friction. The Armstrong-Zerilli constitutive models have been applied to copper, iron and armour plate steel results corrected for thermal softening and specimen-platen interfacial friction. These models have been shown to provide a reasonable description of the materials' behaviour. The research investigation has shown that in order to obtain fundamental stressstrain behaviour of the materials, then corrections must be applied, which can be quite significant. These corrections must take into account the effects of material thermal softening and the specimen-platen interfacial friction.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Copper; Iron; Steel; Armour plate