Response of the polymers KEL-F, polysulfone, high density polyethylene and polymethylmethacrylate to shock loading and release from 0. 3 to 2. 4 GPa
The Bauer PVDF stress-rate gauge has been used to study the response of the cited polymers from measurements at the impact surface and in-situ'' at sample thicknesses of 1.5 and 3 mm. The PVDF stress- rate dependent piezoelectric output combined with appropriate signal recording techniques allow accurate recording over the broad range of stress rates encountered during shock compression of polymers. Strong viscous response effects are observed. The release velocity is found to increase strongly with pressure, and the release-rate history is recorded with PVDF as a continuous function of pressure. 12 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.