An Optimization-Based Approach to Design a Complex Loading Pattern Using a Modified Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar
The split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) technique is used to characterize the mechanical response of a material during impact loading when a single stress wave pulse passes through that material . The SHPB setup consists of two long bars: an incident bar and a transmission bar. The specimen, which needs to be characterized, is placed between these two bars. A striker propelled from a gas gun hits the incident bar generating a stress wave that propagates through the incident bar. A part of this wave is transmitted to the specimen and the transmission bar while the remaining part of the wave reflects back into the incident bar. By measuring the incident, transmitted, and reflected waves, the mechanical properties of the specimen are determined for high-strain-rate deformations.