The baseline for dynamic material property characterization.

The REL Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar Compression System captures the material response to a sudden dynamic event. Years of engineering have perfected a 100+ year old technique to extract material properties from samples tested at various strain rates in a precisely certified system aligned to 0.001”/foot. The REL SHPB system imparts a known amount of energy into materials to allow testing in microseconds and the compression test can be configured to allow for single or multiple hit events using a matched momentum trap.

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REL Engineered Solutions High Strain Rate Testing Compression


  • Captures sudden dynamic events
  • Repeatable tests at striker speeds exceeding 300 ft/sec and strain rates > 10000/sec
  • Keyed alignment of launcher, striker, incident bar, and transmission bar
  • Accessible striker and incident bar impact zone
  • System bars mounted in bird-mouth bar stands allow for efficient test setup changes
  • Bar sizes from 1/8" - 3" diameter to test multiple size samples
  • Moveable protective shield allows for alignment with specimen mounting
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Upgrade your REL High Strain Rate Testing system with our Elements family of modular, quickly configurable, high-tech, and precision machined accessories.

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