Real-time visualization of dynamic particle contact failures

Niranjan D. Parab, Matthew Hudspeth, Ben Claus, Zherui Guo, Tao Sun, Kamel Fezzaa, Weinong W. Chen*

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Granular materials are widely used to resist impact and blast. Under these dynamic loadings, the constituent particles in the granular system fracture. To study the fracture mechanisms in brittle particles under dynamic compressive loading, a high speed X-ray phase contrast imaging setup was synchronized with a Kolsky bar apparatus. Controlled compressive loading was applied on two contacting particles using the Kolsky bar apparatus and fracture process was captured using the high speed X-ray imaging setup. Five different particles were investigated: soda-lime glass, polycrystalline silica (silicon dioxide), polycrystalline silicon, barium titanate glass, and yttrium stabilized zirconia. For both soda lime glass and polycrystalline silica particles, one of the particles fragmented explosively, thus breaking into many small pieces. For Silicon and barium titanate glass particles, a finite number of cracks were observed in one of the particles causing it to fracture. For yttrium stabilized zirconia particles, a single meridonial crack developed in one of the particles, breaking it into two parts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShock Compression of Condensed Matter - 2015
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Conference of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter
EditorsRamon Ravelo, Thomas Sewell, Ricky Chau, Timothy Germann, Ivan I. Oleynik, Suhithi Peiris
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735414570
StatePublished - Jan 13 2017
Event19th Biennial American Physical Society Conference on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, SCCM 2015 - Tampa, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2015Jun 19 2015

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Conference19th Biennial American Physical Society Conference on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, SCCM 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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