Comparative Analysis of Dynamic Impact Tests Between the Charpy V-Notch Test and the Drop Tower Test

  • Chaitanya Gunturi
  • Juan P. EscobedoEmail author
  • M. A. Islam
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)


The purpose of this study was to implement dynamic loading under the standardised testing conditions of the Charpy test (AS 1544.2-2017) using a drop tower testing equipment. The results were compared to Charpy tests via statistics and cumulative data generation. The study shows that the drop tower reveals the instantaneous rate of deformation, yield points, peak and mean forces during the transfer of impact energy, failure load and effects on all the aforementioned factors upon changing strain rate. These results provide a more comprehensive insight into internal material properties such as the crystal structure and trends such as the ductile to brittle transition of steel.


Drop tower Ductile–Brittle transition Impact energy 



A special thanks to Ben Loftus, who helped in the manufacture of the mild steel plate required for testing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chaitanya Gunturi
    • 1
  • Juan P. Escobedo
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. A. Islam
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Engineering and Information TechnologyUNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force AcademyCanberra BCAustralia

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