In many areas of engineering, materials suffer deformation at high rates. This is the case when structures undergo impact, crash, blast, etc. but also in material forming like stamping or machining for instance. Therefore, it is essential for design engineers to have reliable mechanical models to predict the behaviour of the materials in such applications.

The objective of the present project is to lay the foundations of a new era in dynamic testing of materials based on the availability of digital imaging technology to provide full-field deformation measurements at very high speeds. One can then use this information in conjunction with efficient numerical inverse identification tools such as the Virtual Fields Method to design novel test procedures to identify material parameters at high rates.

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