Uncertainties in Low-Pressure Shock Experiments on Heterogeneous Materials

  • Tracy J. VoglerEmail author
  • Matthew Hudspeth
  • Seth Root
Conference paper
Part of the Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series book series (CPSEMS)


Understanding and quantifying the uncertainties in experimental results are crucial to properly interpreting simulations based on those results. While methods are reasonably well established for estimating those uncertainties in high-pressure shock experiments on homogeneous materials, it is much more difficult to treat relatively low-pressure experiments where shock rise times are significant and material strength is not negligible. Sample heterogeneity further complicates the issue, especially when that heterogeneity is not characterized in each sample. Here, we extend the Monte Carlo impedance matching approach used in high-pressure Z experiments to low-pressure experiments on heterogeneous porous materials. The approach incorporates uncertainties not only in the equation of state of the impedance matching standard but also those associated with its strength. In addition, we also examine approaches for determining material heterogeneity and evaluate its effect on the experimental results.


Shock wave Porosity Uncertainty analysis Granular materials Heterogeneity 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sandia National LaboratoriesLivermoreUSA
  2. 2.Dynamic Material PropertiesSandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

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