Vice President, Materials Sciences, International Lead Zinc Research Organization, Research Triangle Park, NC
Group Leader, Fracture Mechanics and Structural Integrity, Institut de Recherche d'Hydro-Quebec (IREQ), Varennes, Quebec
(Received 6 October 1989; accepted 30 April 1990)
A new technique for burst testing of low strength materials has been developed. A viscous organosilicate compound with rheopectic flow characteristics is compressed inside a hollow cylinder of the material to be tested. The compressive load is transmitted using a conventional tensile testing machine. The technique allows easy measurement of critical burst values and also intermediate values of tangential and radial stresses which provide further insight into the behavior of the test material near its bursting load.
Paper ID: JTE12528J