Inertial Impact Tests on Polymers for Inverse Parameter Identification

  • F. Davis
  • F. Pierron
  • Clive R. Siviour
Conference paper
Part of the Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series book series (CPSEMS)


In aircraft and automotive components, polymeric materials such as PMMA are subjected to dynamic loading and deform at moderate (1–100 s−1) and high strain rates (>102 s−1). A methodology for calculating the strain-rate dependent parameters of PMMA at high strain rates will be presented. Images of each sample deforming were collected during an inertial impact test with an ultra-high speed camera, recording at 3 Mfps. The full field displacement, strain, and acceleration were input to the virtual fields method to perform an inverse identification of the material parameters.


High-strain rate Ultra-high speed camera Virtual fields method (VFM) PMMA 



Dr. Frances Davis and Prof. Fabrice Pierron acknowledge support from EPSRC through grant EP/L026910/1. Prof. Fabrice Pierron also expresses gratitude to the Wolfson Foundation for support through a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Engineering Materials Group, Faculty of Engineering and the EnvironmentUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.Department of Engineering ScienceUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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