Conference Paper

The development of a novel small ring specimen tensile testing technique



The use of small specimens in routine testing would reduce resource requirements, however, limitations exist due to concerns over size effects, manufacturing difficulties, uncertainties related to the application of representative loading conditions, and complex interpretation procedures of non-standard data. Due to these limitations, small specimen testing techniques have been mostly applied for ranking exercises and to determine approximate or simple material parameters such as Young’s modulus, creep minimum strain rate and fracture toughness. The small ring method is a novel, high sensitivity small specimen technique for creep testing and has been extended in the present work for the determination of tensile material properties. Wrought aluminium alloy 7175-T7153 was tested at room temperature at 5 different loading rates. Finite element analysis was completed to evaluate the equivalent gauge section and equivalent gauge length in order to compare uniaxial tensile testing results and small ring specimen tensile testing results. An analytical solution has also been derived in order to validate the finite element analysis. It was discovered that the finite element analysis model was suitable, validated by both experimental results and analytical solution as well as that small ring specimens can be used to acquire same stress/strain data as uniaxial specimens.


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  • Year: 2018
  • Volume: 1 Issue: S1
  • Page/Article: 29
  • DOI: 10.5334/uproc.29
  • Published on 10 Sep 2018