Blast and Impact Dynamics

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Sam Rigby

Lecturer in Blast and Impact Engineering

Contact

sam.rigby@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 (0) 114 222 5724

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

Profile

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

Qualifications

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

Research project(s)

Publication(s)

(2017). Reflected Secondary Shocks: Some Observations using Afterburning. In Proceedings of the 11th European LS-DYNA Conference (Full Text).
(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).
(2016). Effects of strain rate and moisture content on the behaviour of sand under one-dimensional compression. Experimental Mechanics, 56 (9), pp. 1625-1639. (Full Text)., Abstract: The influence of strain rate and moisture content on the behaviour of a quartz sand was assessed using high-pressure quasi-static (0.001 /s) and high-strain-rate (1000 /s) experiments under uniaxial strain. Quasi-static compression to axial stresses of 800 MPa was carried out alongside split...
(2016). Numerical investigation into the influence of cubicle positioning in large-scale explosive arena trials. International Journal of Protective Structures, 7 (4), pp. 547-560. (Full Text).
(2016). Design of a partially confined split Hopkinson pressure bar. In Proceedings of 24th International Symposium on Military Aspects of Blast and Shock.
(2016). Secondary shock delay measurements from explosive trials. In Proceedings of the 24th Military Aspects of Blast and Shock (Full Text).
(2016). A comprehensive comparison of methods for clearing effects on reflected airblast impulse. In Proceedings of the 24th Military Aspects of Blast and Shock (Full Text).
(2016). TNT equivalence of C-4 and PE4: a review of traditional sources and recent data. In Proceedings of the 24th Military Aspects of Blast and Shock (Full Text).
(2016). Experimentation and modelling of near field explosions. In Proceedings of the 24th Military Aspects of Blast and Shock (Full Text).

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