Measuring the Static Modulus of Nuclear Graphite from Four-Point Flexural Strength Tests and DIC
The paper describes a novel method based on Digital Image Correlation (DIC) for measuring the static modulus of active PGA graphite specimens during conventional four-point bend strength tests. DIC has been used in combination with finite element and numerical modelling to monitor the displacement fields developing in the specimen during testing, and calculate representative modulus values. Details of the model and results are presented for two specimen geometries and a range of materials with different levels of exposure and density, tested in the perpendicular and parallel orientations. The calculated static modulus values from the DIC measurements confirm the trend between modulus, flexural strength and density. Comments and observations on the uncertainty in the measurement are also presented.
R.A.W. Mines and J.M. Dulieu-Barton
J. D. Lord et al., "Measuring the Static Modulus of Nuclear Graphite from Four-Point Flexural Strength Tests and DIC", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 24-25, pp. 385-390, 2010