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    Variable-Rate Impact Testing of Polymeric Materials—A Review

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    Instrumented impact testing has been discussed since the early 1970s but has still not been readily accepted and employed in characterizing polymeric materials systems. This paper explores this topic by reviewing some of the more important technical papers presented at various professional society meetings. The second part of this paper identifies areas of interest in research methodology, including testing parameters such as material composition, geometry, fabrication, loading history, and temperature.


    impact testing, variable-rate impact testing, plastics, composites, testing parameters, impact test problems, impact test analysis, impact test applications

    Author Information:

    Driscoll, SB
    Professor, University of Lowell in Massachusetts, Lowell, MA

    Committee/Subcommittee: D20.10

    DOI: 10.1520/STP19379S