Pressure-Shear Plate Impact Experiments on Soda-Lime Glass at Pressures Beyond 20 GPa

  • C. KettenbeilEmail author
  • M. Mello
  • T. Jiao
  • R. J. Clifton
  • G. Ravichandran
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Recent modifications of a powder gun facility at Caltech have enabled pressure-shear plate impact (PSPI) experiments in a regime of pressures and strain rates that were previously inaccessible. A novel heterodyne diffracted beam photonic Doppler velocimeter (DPDV) has also been developed for simultaneous measurement of the normal and transverse particle velocity histories using the ±first order diffracted beams produced by a 400 lines/mm diffraction grating deposited onto the polished rear surface of the impacted target plate. We present and interpret the results of PSPI experiments conducted on 5 μm thick soda-lime glass samples subjected to normal stresses beyond 20 GPa and shear strain rates approaching 108 s−1. Transverse particle velocity measurements are used to infer the shearing resistance of soda-lime glass under these extreme conditions.


Pressure-shear plate impact experiments Soda-lime glass Dynamic behavior of materials Heterodyne transverse velocimetry Phase transformations 



The authors are grateful for support from the Office of Naval Research (Award No. N00014-16-1-2839) for the development of the PSPI capability at high pressures and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Award No. FA9550-12-1-0091) for development of the PDV-DPDV interferometer system.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Kettenbeil
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Mello
    • 1
  • T. Jiao
    • 2
  • R. J. Clifton
    • 2
  • G. Ravichandran
    • 1
  1. 1.California University of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.School of EngineeringBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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