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posted on 2022-04-19, 14:03 authored by Abhijeet DhimanAbhijeet Dhiman

Raman spectroscopy is a molecular spectroscopy technique that uses monochromatic light to provide a fingerprint to identify structural components and chemical composition. Depending on the changes in the unit-cell parameters and volume under the application of stress and temperature, the Raman spectrum undergoes changes in the wavenumber of Raman-active modes that allow identification of sample characteristics. Due to the various advantage of mechanical Raman spectroscopy (MRS), the use of this technique in the characterization and modeling of chemical changes under stress and temperature have gained popularity.

Quantitative information regarding the local behavior of interfaces in an inhomogeneous material during shock loading is limited due to challenges associated with time and spatial resolution. Recently, we have extended the use of MRS to high-strain rate experiments to capture the local thermomechanical response of mock energetic material and obtain material properties during shock wave propagation. This was achieved by developing a novel method for in‑situ measurement of the thermo‑mechanical response from mock energetic materials in a time‑resolved manner with 5 ns resolution providing an estimation on local pressure, temperature, strain rate, and local shock viscosity. The results show the solid to liquid phase transition of sucrose under shock compression. The viscous behavior of the binder was also characterized through measurement of shock viscosity at strain rates higher than 106/s using microsphere impact experiments.

This technique was further extended to perform Raman spectral imaging over a microscale domain of the sample with a nano-second resolution. This was achieved by developing a laser-array Raman spectral imaging technique where simultaneous deconvolution of Raman spectra over the sample domain was achieved and Raman spectral image was reconstructed on post-processing. We developed a Raman spectral imaging system using a laser array and analysis was performed over the interface of sucrose crystals bonded using an epoxy binder. This study provides the Raman spectra over the microstructure domain which enabled the detection of localized melting under shock compression. The distribution of shock pressure and temperature over the microstructure was obtained using mechanical Raman analysis. The study shows the effects of an actual interface on the propagation of shock waves where a higher dissipation of shock energy was observed compared to an ideal interface. This increase in shock dissipation is accompanied by a decrease in both the maximum temperature, as well as the maximum pressure within the microstructure during shock wave propagation.


Grant No.: FA9550-19-1-0318, Program Manager: Dr. Martin Schmidt


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Aeronautics and Astronautics

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Vikas Tomar

Additional Committee Member 2

Arun Prakash

Additional Committee Member 3

Ahmed Hassanein

Additional Committee Member 4

Remi Dingreville

Additional Committee Member 5

Jesus O. Mares