Blast and Impact Dynamics

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Blast and impact engineering

Local variations of moisture content and density in gabion structures

Gabion Moisture Content
Gabion structures are widely used for force protection as they enable locally available material to be used, reducing logistical expense. The soil fill within these structures provides the blast and ballistic resistance, hence any localised variation in the contained soil can potentially lead to reductions in protective capability. Specifically built...

dispersion.m - A MatLab script for phase angle and amplitude correction of pressure bar signals

In processing the signals from split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) experiments it is often assumed that longitudinal stress waves in the pressure bars propagate one-dimensionally at a common velocity c_0, and so measurements taken at the strain gauges are often simply translated to the end of the bar using a...

Strain-rate effects in quartz sand

Soil-filled wire and geotextile gabions are commonly used to construct perimeter walls and other defensive infrastructure in military bases. They serve to protect personnel and key assets from the effects of blast and fragmentation. The attenuating properties of soil make it a highly effective defence against such threats, and as...

MatLab script for generating LS-DYNA mesh file for spherical expansion of a blast wave

When modelling explosive detonations and blast wave propagation it is important that material movement is aligned with the elements. If a spherical charge is modelled in a rectangular mesh, an advection error is introduced. By modelling the blast wave in a radially symmetric mesh, this problem can be avoided. This...
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