Review of high strain rate testing of granular soils

Eduardo Suescun-Florez, Mehdi Omidvarm, Magued Iskander, Stephan Bless

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This review provides an overview of testing techniques related to high strain rate (HSR) loading of granular media, in support of the increasing interest in civilian and military applications related to transient loading on sand. The intrinsic properties of granular soils are shown to be rate dependent. The framework for assessing rate dependent behavior of granular soils is presented. Techniques for applying HSR loading including uniaxial and triaxial compression configurations are discussed. Critical issues related to inertial and wave propagation effects as well as boundary effects are highlighted. In addition, options for test setup and measuring response are described both with respect to capabilities and drawbacks. The most relevant studies are summarized, but gaps and inconsistencies remain in the available literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-536
Number of pages26
JournalGeotechnical Testing Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Granular media
  • High strain rate
  • Split hopkinson pressure bar
  • Transient loading
  • Triaxial compression
  • Uniaxial compression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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