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Title: Poisson's Ratio of a Hyperelastic Foam Under Quasi-static and Dynamic Loading

Poisson's ratio is a material constant representing compressibility of material volume. However, when soft, hyperelastic materials such as silicone foam are subjected to large deformation into densification, the Poisson's ratio may rather significantly change, which warrants careful consideration in modeling and simulation of impact/shock mitigation scenarios where foams are used as isolators. The evolution of Poisson's ratio of silicone foam materials has not yet been characterized, particularly under dynamic loading. In this study, radial and axial measurements of specimen strain are conducted simultaneously during quasi-static and dynamic compression tests to determine the Poisson's ratio of silicone foam. The Poisson's ratio of silicone foam exhibited a transition from compressible to nearly incompressible at a threshold strain that coincided with the onset of densification in the material. Poisson's ratio as a function of engineering strain was different at quasi-static and dynamic rates. Here, the Poisson's ratio behavior is presented and can be used to improve constitutive modeling of silicone foams subjected to a broad range of mechanical loading.
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  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0734-743X; PII: S0734743X1830160X
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
International Journal of Impact Engineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: International Journal of Impact Engineering; Journal ID: ISSN 0734-743X
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 42 ENGINEERING; Poisson's ratio; Soft material; Kolsky bar; Hyperelastic; Foam
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