Impact Dynamics

The Impact Dynamics Research Group was set up to focus on several areas of interest within the community at UNSW Canberra, including:

  • Crashworthiness and energy absorbing mechanisms
  • Penetration mechanisms
  • Optimizing lightweight protective structures
  • Shock propagation in condensed matter
  • Fracture and spall at high-rate loading
  • Blast and the structural response to blast loading
  • The response of structures to earthquakes

The main challenge for the researcher is often observing and measuring events that occur in relatively short time-scales. Frequently, it is necessary to resort to Finite Element techniques to inform on the physical mechanisms.


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