Inelastic mechanisms in dynamically loaded ceramics

H. D. Espinosa*, G. F. Raiser, R. J. Clifton, M. Ortiz

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The dynamic response of ceramic materials has been the subject of intense research in the past decade. In this paper, we succinctly describe a plate impact experiment of a star-shaped flyer on a square Al2O3 specimen, and report microscopy observations which reveal the origin of inelasticity. The experimental method has been extensively described by Raiser et al. (1991), where measured velocity profiles are reported. A full account of the microscopy studies, as well as of extensive numerical analyses demonstrating the viability of the micromechanisms postulated here will be given elsewhere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMechanics Computing in 1990's and Beyond
EditorsHojjat Adeli, Robert L. Sierakowski
PublisherPubl by ASCE
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0872628043
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
EventASCE Engineering Mechanics Specialty Conference - Columbus, OH, USA
Duration: May 20 1991May 22 1991


OtherASCE Engineering Mechanics Specialty Conference
CityColumbus, OH, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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