Strain rate response of PMMA was investigated under uniaxial compression at different rates of strain ranging from 0.0001/sec to about 4300/sec. High rate experiments (greater than 1/sec rates) were conducted using a split-Hopkinson Pressure bar (SHPB) with pulse-shaping to impose the compressive loading of the specimen at constant strain rate under dynamic stress equilibrium. At strain rates 1/s and below, intrinsic softening occurred after the initial yield and then followed by the strain hardening. However, at 1/s strain rate, material started to soften further due to thermal softening dominating over strain hardening. For higher strain rates (greater than 1/s), PMMA failed before, during or immediately after the yield depending on the rate of loading. For these high rates, strain to failure decreases with the increase in the strain rates whereas failure stress (except at very high rates where failure occurred before yielding) and modulus increase with increasing strain rate.

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