Influence of Loading Rate on the Calibration of Instrumented Charpy Strikers

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One of the key factors for obtaining reliable instrumented Charpy results is the calibration of the instrumented striker. The conventional approach for establishing an analytical relationship between strain gage output and force applied to the transducer is the static calibration, which is preferably performed with the striker installed in the pendulum assembly. However, the response of an instrumented striker under static force application may sometimes differ significantly from its dynamic performance during an actual Charpy test. This is typically reflected in a large difference between absorbed energy returned by the pendulum encoder (KV) and calculated under the instrumented force/displacement test record (Wt). Such difference can be either minimized by optimizing the striker design or analytically removed by adjusting forces and displacements until KV = Wt (the so-called "Dynamic Force Adjustment"). This study investigates the influence of increasing force application rates on the force/voltage characteristics of two instrumented strikers, one at NIST in Boulder, CO and one at SCK•CEN in Mol, Belgium.


Original languageEnglish
PublisherSCK CEN
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

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NameSCK•CEN Reports
PublisherStudiecentrum voor Kernenergie


  • Instrumented Charpy tests, instrumented Charpy striker, static calibration, dynamic force adjustment, force application rate

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