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Foster J.T.,University of Texas at San Antonio | Frew D.J.,Dynamic Systems and Research | Forrestal M.J.,1805 Newton Pl. NE | Nishida E.E.,Sandia National Laboratories | Chen W.,Purdue University
International Journal of Impact Engineering | Year: 2012

The electronic industry continues to dramatically reduce the size of electrical components. Many of these components are now small enough to allow shock testing with Hopkinson pressure bar techniques. However, conventional Hopkinson bar techniques must be modified to provide a broad array of shock pulse amplitudes and durations. For this study, we evaluate the shock response of accelerometers that measure large amplitude pulses, such as those experienced in projectile perforation and penetration tests. In particular, we modified the conventional Hopkinson bar apparatus to produce relatively long duration pulses. The modified apparatus consists of a steel striker bar, annealed copper pulse shapers, an aluminum incident bar, and a tungsten disk with mounted accelerometers. With these modifications, we obtained accelerations pulses that reached amplitudes of 10 kG and durations of 0.5 ms. To evaluate the performance of the accelerometers, acceleration-time responses are compared with a model that uses data from a quartz stress gage. Comparisons of data from both measurements are in good agreement. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

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