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Dale Warncke attended Fish Hoek High School where he matriculated in the top 10 of his matric class in 2009. In 2010, he began his university education at the University of Cape Town, where, in 2012, he received an award for the best Mechanical Engineering student in his year, and in 2013, he graduated with a B.Sc (Mech)Eng with First Class Honours. Under the supervision of Professor Genevieve Langdon and Dr. Steeve Chung Kim Yuen, Dale completed his undergraduate final year project on the Design and Testing of Novel Shallow V-shaped Structures, which involved both experimental testing and numerical modelling work with LS-DYNA. Dale is currently registered for a MSc at the University of Cape Town.
Supervisor: Dr. Steeve Chung Kim Yuen
Although still involved in coursework, Dale’s research will focus on the structural effects of buried charges. According to the Landmine Monitor Report 2009, more than 70 states are believed to be mine-affected. The need for improvement of mine-resistant vehicle protection, particularly for demining and peace-keeping efforts, is highlighted by the widespread use of landmines and improvised explosive devices (IED’s). With landmines being a major threat worldwide (over 5000 casualties in 2008), the investigation of the structural response to buried charges has become paramount. Dale’s work will involve experimental testing and numerical modelling to better understand the complex interactions, parameters and mechanisms involved in the structural response to buried charges, to ultimately improve the development of effective and efficient landmine protection systems.