Tensile Testing Using the Kolsky-Hopkinson Bar Machine
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The uniaxial stress-strain curve provides an important piece of information within several fields of engineering. Design of civil engineering and transport-related structures requires knowledge of stiffness properties, yield strength, and possibly also hardening behaviour and fracture characteristics for the material at hand. People working with machining and forming processes have similar demands. Accurate information about the material properties has become even more important during the last decades because the finite element method now is the primary design tool.