The ring hoop tension test (RHTT) is investigated experimentally and numerically to determine its validity and limitations in predicting the hoop response of materials in tubular form. Our experiments involved RHT-Testing of Al-6061-T4 tubes. Digital image correlation (DIC) was used to capture the strain evolution in the gage section of the specimens, giving a full-field measurement of the strains. The local hoop stress-strain response of the material was assessed in this way. Finite element analysis was used to further investigate the effects of friction, eccentricity and contact pressure on the recorded response. Friction was found to have a negligible effect on the recorded response for friction coefficient values of 0.01 and lower. However, it was found that larger values of friction may render the test meaningless. Tube eccentricity of the magnitude present in the tubes tested here (±4% of the nominal thickness) was determined to have no effect on the material response. It was also determined that tubes should not be turned to a uniform thickness as this may induce machining damage and release the existing residual stresses, thus causing error in determining the tube response in the hoop direction. The contact pressure was found to not significantly affect the state of uniaxial tension in the specimen and thus to have a negligible effect on the material response. By comparing the hoop with the axial response, the material anisotropy of the Al-6061-T4 tubes was established.

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