Finite Strain Behavior of Polyurea for a Wide Range of Strain Rates
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
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Polyurea is a special type of elastomer that features fast setting time as well as good chemical and fire resistance. It has also good mechanical properties such as its high toughness-to-density ratio and high strain rate-sensitivity, so its application is recently extended to structural purpose to form sandwich-type of multi-layered plates. Those structures can be used for retrofitting of military vehicles and historic buildings, absorbing energy during structural crash. In order to investigate its behavior of hysteresis as well as rate-sensitivity, three different testing systems are used to cover a wide range of strain rates up to strain of 100. In view of impact and blast events, the virgin state of polyurea is considered throughout the experiments. First, a hydraulic universal testing machine is used to perform uniaxial compressive loadingunloading tests in order to investigate its hysteresis behavior at low strain rates.
- Elastomers and Rubber
- Safety Engineering