Radial Inertia Effect on Dynamic Compressive Response of Polymeric Foam Materials

  • Bo SongEmail author
  • Brett Sanborn
  • Wei-Yang Lu
Conference paper
Part of the Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series book series (CPSEMS)


Polymeric foams have been extensively used in shock isolation applications because of their superior shock or impact energy absorption capability. In order to meet the shock isolation requirements, the polymeric foams need to be experimentally characterized and numerically modeled in terms of material response under shock/impact loading and then evaluated with experimental, analytical, and/or numerical efforts. Measurement of the dynamic compressive stress-strain response of polymeric foams has become fundamental to the shock isolation performance. However, radial inertia has become a severe issue when characterizing soft materials. It is even much more complicated and difficult to address the radial inertia effect in soft polymeric foams. In this study, we developed an analytical method to calculate the additional stress induced by radial inertia in a polymeric foam specimen. The effect of changing profile of Poisson’s ratio during deformation on radial inertia was investigated. The analytical results were also compared with experimental results obtained from Kolsky compression bar tests on a silicone foam.


Poisson’s ratio Radial inertia Polymeric foam Dynamic compression Kolsky compression bar 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sandia Neational LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Sandia National LaboratoriesLivermoreUSA

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