Dynamics and Impact Engineering


Study of strain rate dependent behaviour of materials has a long history at the University of Oxford, initiated by the first holder of the Chair of Engineering Science, Professor Jenkin and followed by Campbell, Harding and Ruiz who set the conditions for the present Impact Engineering Team to develop as an integral part of the Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering Group. Current research efforts led by Prof. Nik Petrinic and Dr Clive Siviour are directed towards an integrated experimental-numerical approach to predictive modelling of strain-rate and temperature dependent response of solids to loading at different length scales. The addressed systems range from natural materials, including live-tissue, to advanced, man-made engineering materials and systems such as high-performance metallic super-alloys, composites, ceramics and hybrid cellular materials.