Prof. W.Proud: Damage and micro-cracking in polymer and cement structures.
Abstract. This series of seminars will review the basics of dynamic loading techniques focusing on the relationship between strain-rate and material behaviour, Quasi-static loading, drop-weight, Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar, Taylor Impact and Plate Impact will be introduced. This will be followed by a review of current diagnostic techniques for studying nominally 1D, 2D and 3D deformation and stress histories of materials. The series will then turn to materials of a heterogeneous nature or behavior: granular materials, granular composites, polymers, biological materials.