An exploding wire technique (EWT) is described, which provides high
rates of loading by producing cylindrical blast waves of high
reflection pressure with short duration. These waves have been used
for internal impact of hollow polymeric cylindrical specimens. The
EWT overcomes the small size restrictions of other high strain rate
testing methods like the Split-Hopkinson pressure bar technique and
drop weight. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.