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This article addresses the specialized aspects required to accurately quantify the behavior of soft materials, including polymers and polymeric composites, using the split-Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB). It details some of the specialized SHPB techniques that facilitate testing soft materials. These techniques include the data-reduction techniques and assumptions required to use polymer pressure bars, the importance of sample-size considerations to polymer testing, and temperature-control methodologies to measure the high-strain-rate uniaxial stress response of polymers and other soft materials.

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George T. (Rusty) Gray, III, William R. Blumenthal, 2000. "Split-Hopkinson Pressure Bar Testing of Soft Materials", Mechanical Testing and Evaluation, Howard Kuhn, Dana Medlin

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