Material and structural responses to impact and explosion loads are the focus in this research area, which covers low- to hyper-velocity impact (i.e. 100-104 m/s) and blast due to explosion or detonation of energetic materials.
We specialise in the:
- material characterisation at high strain-rate,
- structural crashworthiness,
- penetration and ballistic mechanics
- protective technology involving wide range of engineering materials (e.g. metals, polymers, concrete-like materials, cellular materials and composites)
which have broad applications in sports, transportation, aerospace, nuclear, marine, defence and security engineering sectors.
- Research and consultation projects
- Engineering constitutive and failure model of plastics and fibre-reinforced plastics (2013-2017, EPSRC/Jaguar Land Rover)
- Polymer-based impact barrier system (2012-2016, A-Safe)
- Dynamic behaviour of heterogeneous materials (2012-2013, CAEP)
- Stress wave propagation in damaged rock (2011-2014, Royal Society)
- CPD course: Impact and Blast Effects: theory, analysis and design (annually since 2010)