Accession Number : ADP001757

Title :   Laboratory Test Facility for Static and Dynamic Loading of Structures and Components,


Personal Author(s) : Carter,William J.

Report Date : MAY 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 3

Abstract : A large-volume test frame designed for standard tension, compression or fatigue loading of massive samples has been modified to allow dynamic loading at rates up to 102/s. Scale model structures or structural materials in an arbitrary simulated environment may be tested in a variety of biaxial containment frames. Flatjacks around the periphery of these frames allow application of independently controlled stresses or stress gradients. Dynamic overpressures between 85 MPa and 400 MPa are readily obtained in specimens ranging from 0.2 to 0.9 m3 in volume. The facility allows for rapid and economic evaluation of structure or structural material response, soil-structure interaction mechanisms, and fundamental response of rocks or soils to dynamic loading. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Weapons effects, *Explosion effects, *Structures, *Fatigue(Mechanics), *Soil mechanics, Dynamic loads, Static loads, Ground shock, Rock, Buried objects, Frames, Scale models, Biaxial stresses, Soil dynamics, Interactions, Blast waves, Loads(Forces), Cost effectiveness, Test and evaluation, Test facilities, Laboratory tests, Conferencing(Communications), Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE