Elie previously was a lecturer and researcher at the weapon systems and ballistics department (ABAL) of the Royal Military Academy in Brussels for 6 years. He was involved in a broad range of military related research projects in the fields of biomechanics, terminal ballistics, impact mechanics and missile guidance and control.
He has advised government bodies and industry stakeholders on military related, technical matters, and in this capacity, he worked for example as a technical expert on the MH17 plane crash over Ukraine in 2014.
Elie joined the department in 2018. He is currently involved in a research project, funded by Innovate UK and Rolls-Royce, which investigates the risks related to accretion ice impacting on titanium jet engine components.
Elie’s research focusses on material characterisation and dynamic material behaviour under impact conditions:
- Strain-rate and temperature-dependent characterisation of materials
- Dynamic experimental techniques using gas gun and Split-Hopkinson pressure bar apparatus
- Blast and impact studies
- Photon Doppler Velocimetry (PDV).
DE-ICER (Design Excellence – Ice Crystal Engine Research)
This project, funded by Innovate UK and Rolls-Royce, investigates the risks related to accretion ice impacting on titanium jet engine components.