The science of drop testing plastic drums containing liquids

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This article is long, but it’s an easy read with lots of pictures.

It includes:

an introduction to drop testing;
an analysis of what happens during impact;
theory of water hammer, impact stress, and impact energy;
theory of stress distribution and the contributing factors that lead to product failures;
the behaviour of crack propagation; and
some common failure modes.
The article is downloadable here in pdf format.

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