Understanding Ballistic Impact Behaviour in Polymers (2015-16)

Polymers are a ubiquitous material, and used in a vast and hugely diverse range of applications. The mechanical behaviour of polymers in many instances is well understood and can be very well explained using continuum mechanics. This is particularly true when the basis for the models used rely on and can be compared directly to a wealth of experimental measurements. However, in many instances polymers experience service conditions such as very high strain rate deformation where limited experimental data exists and theoretical understanding is almost non-existent. Under these mechanical extremes, experimental observations can deviate dramatically from anticipated behaviour.
This project will be following up a series of experimental measurements on the ballistic impact of polymers, to understand the mechanical response observed to the polymers. This work will be undertaken using FE analysis and development of constitutive equations to model the experimental data in order to provide insights into the polymer behaviour during these highly dynamic events.

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This project is best suited to students with at the very least a working knowledge of or the willingness to learn to use FE analysis software (eg Abaqus) by the project commencement.

Supervisor name: 
David Bucknall
Supervisor and Deputy email addresses: 
david.bucknall@hw.ac.uk

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Project location: 
William Perkin