Blast and Impact Dynamics

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Sam Rigby

Lecturer in Blast and Impact Engineering

+44 (0) 114 222 5724

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street,
S1 3JD


Sam graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2010 with a first-class honours degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, having completed an EPSRC funded research project in the summer before his final year. Sam began his PhD research shortly after graduating, with an interest in the field of Blast Loading on Structures, in particular quantifying the load acting on finite-sized targets and evaluating dynamic response to such loads. In the winter of 2011/12, Sam took a 4 month leave of absence to work as a research assistant at university spin-out company Blastech Ltd., overseeing various high strain rate dynamic experimental tests.

Sam began his post as a Research Associate in April 2014, as part of the EPSRC funded project 'Understanding the role of soil in subsurface explosive events' under supervision from Dr Sam Clarke, and was awarded his PhD shortly afterwards.

He became a Lecturer in Blast and Impact Engineering in January 2016 and currently serves as Outreach and Widening Participation Tutor in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering.

Recent activities and achievements

Referee for International Journal of Protective Structures, Engineering Structures and Applied Mathematical Modelling. Guest Editor for special edition on blast load characterisation in International Journal of Protective Structures

Member of The International Association of Protective Structures

Member of The Institute of Explosives Engineers


PhD, University of Sheffield, 2014
MEng, Civil & Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, 2010

Research project(s)


(2017). Predicting the role of geotechnical parameters on the output from shallow buried explosives. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 102 (21-22), pp. 117-128. (Full Text).
(2017). Reflected Secondary Shocks: Some Observations using Afterburning. In Proceedings of the 11th European LS-DYNA Conference (Full Text).
(2016). Design of a split Hopkinson pressure bar with partial lateral confinement. Measurement Science and Technology, 27 (2), (Full Text).
(2016). Measuring spatial pressure distribution from explosives buried in dry Leighton Buzzard sand. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 96 (2), pp. 89-104. (Full Text).
(2016). Experimental studies of the effect of rapid afterburn on shock development of near-field explosions. International Journal of Protective Structures, 7 (3), pp. 452-465. (Full Text).
(2016). Investigating high strain rate shear in soils using a split Hopkinson pressure bar. In 3rd UK Defence Seminar on the High Strain Rate Properties of Soils and Granular Media.
(2016). Blast Quantification Using Hopkinson Pressure Bars. Journal of Visualized Experiments, pp. 1-11. (Full Text).