Abstract: In this study an experimental shock absorbing set-up was designed and constructed. After designing experimental shock absorbing set-up which suits standard impact testing, certain samples of rubber shock absorbers’ tests were carried out. The whole impact was recorded by a high speed camera (HSC), and certain dimensions were measured via the software of same HSC, measured data were collected and analysed. Meanwhile, an explicit and transient dynamic finite element model was prepared in Abaqus and Ansys softwares. Analyses were carried out for same impact loads and speeds. The numerical results verified using experimental data. Explicit results of Abaqus has showed a better compliance with experiments.
Keywords: rubber shock absorber, finite element modelling of rubber impact, experimental impact behaviour, abaqus, implicit analysis