Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 9, Issue 10, pp 441–448 | Cite as

Stress-strain data obtained at high rates using an expanding ring

Investigation indicates that dynamic symmetrical free expansion of thin rings offers a valid means for obtaining uniaxial tensile stress-strain relationships at high strain rates
  • C. R. Hoggatt
  • R. F. Recht


Dynamic uniaxial tensile stress-strain data are obtained at high strain rates by measuring the kinematics of thin-ring specimens expanding symmetrically by virtue of their own inertia. Impulsively loaded to produce high initial radial velocities, expanding rings are decelerated by the radial component of the hoop stresses. Differential equations of motion are evaluated experimentally to obtain the stress-strain (constitutive) relationships which govern the magnitude of these stresses. Techniques have been developed for producing symmetric radial expansion and measuring resulting displacements precisely as a function of time. Dynamic stress-strain relationships have been obtained for 6061-T6 aluminum, 1020 cold-drawn steel, and 6Al-4V titanium. For each of these materials, displacement-time curves are observed to be parabolic within the resolution of the measurements. Results are presented as true-stress/true-strain relationships.


Aluminum Titanium Differential Equation Mechanical Engineer Fluid Dynamics 
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displacement of edge of ring


maximum displacement of edge of ring


Young's modulus


mass of ring


internal radius of ring


initial internal radius of ring


external radius of ring


initial external radius of ring

\(\dot R\)

radial velocity of ring

\(\ddot R\)

radial deceleration of ring




maximum time


axial length of ring


initial axial length of ring


true strain

\(\dot \varepsilon\)

true strain rate


Poisson's ratio


mass density of ring material


true stress


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. R. Hoggatt
    • 1
  • R. F. Recht
    • 1
  1. 1.Denver Research Institute of the University of DenverDenver

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