The influence of strain rate changes in the range from to l/s on the zero-to-tension loading and unloading behavior as well as short term relaxation properties is investigated using cylindrical specimens of circular cross section. A clip-on extensometer measures and controls the axial strain in an MTS servohydraulic, computer-controlled mechanical testing machine. Strains do not exceed twenty percent and all deformation is macroscopically homogeneous. An increase in strain rate causes an increase in stress le…
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