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Stress and Strain Heuristics for a Layered Elastomeric Foam at Medium Impact Rates



Alexander Landauer, Jared C. Van Blitterswyk, Michael A. Riley, Aaron M. Forster


Impact mitigating materials (IMMs) are used to reduce injury or damage due to a blunt impact, which often occurs at high rates or energies. Innovation in IMMs and designs strategies are required for the development of safer protective equipment. A key challenge is translating between idealized experiments (e.g. quasistatic uniaxial stress or high rate Kolsky bar uniaxial strain measurements), fine-grain computational simulations, and real-world performance. To address this challenge, we have coupled high fidelity digital image correlation measurements with drop tower testing, based on our previous work presented to the SEM community. By using digital image correlation, an instrumented drop mass, and an instrumented load plate we obtain spatially and temporally resolved data for a realistic impact scenario. This represents an experimental framework that may be used to guide and validate design criteria applicable to the impact behavior of monolithic and layered IMMs.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics
Conference Dates
September 14-17, 2020
Conference Location
Bethel, CT, US
Conference Title
Society for Experimental Mechanics


Impact protection, elastic foam, drop tower testing, digital image correlation, high-speed imaging


Landauer, A. , Van Blitterswyk, J. , Riley, M. and Forster, A. (2020), Stress and Strain Heuristics for a Layered Elastomeric Foam at Medium Impact Rates, Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics, Bethel, CT, US (Accessed May 21, 2024)


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Created September 14, 2020, Updated March 22, 2022