Soft Polymers & Foams

Test programs

Accurately modeling your material behavior starts with good experimental data, and choosing the right combination of test procedures depends on the loading modes, strain rate, and environment you aim to capture.  Veryst offers the following test procedures for developing models for foams and other soft materials.  Veryst can use its extensive expertise to recommend an appropriate combination of test program and material model if you are unsure of what test program is required for your application.  We can also advise you on specimen dimensions to get the best results.

Soft Polymers and Foams

Note that all the tests below can be performed at reduced or elevated temperatures.  We recommend 3-5 repeats for each strain rate and temperature combination. 

program id description suitable for characterizing and modeling
FOAM001 Low rate cyclic compression Static response of material; loading is mainly compressive in nature
FOAM002 Low rate confined compression Bulk response of material; suitable for constrained geometries
FOAM003 High rate monotonic compression Dynamic response of material; useful for rate-dependent (viscoelastic or viscoplastic) materials
FOAM004 High rate confined compression Bulk response of material at high rates; suitable for constrained geometries
FOAM005 Dynamic mechanical analysis Dynamic viscoelastic properties at low strain; temperature dependence at low strains; tension, compression, shear, and cantilever modes available
FOAM006 Instrumented ball impact Dynamic, multiaxial load conditions
FOAM007 Low rate double lap shear Shear dominated loading
FOAM008 Low rate cyclic tension Static response of moderately stiff foams
FOAM009 High rate monotonic tension Dynamic response of stiff foams; strain-rate effects
FOAM010 High rate double lap shear Shear dominated loading; dynamic response of material

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