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Gerald Nurick

Tel: +27 21 650 3234
Fax: +27 21 650 3240

Room 310, Electro-Mechanical Building
Emeritus Professor: Senior Research Scholar
Director, Blast Impact and Survivability Research Unit
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Professor Nurick has been working in the field of impact dynamics for over 35 years. During this period he supervised over 70 Post-Doctoral, PhD and MSc students, who are now spread around the world. He has over 100 (See publication metrics table) academic scientific publications covering the following topics; Impact and Blast Dynamics, Crashworthiness, Material Properties at High Strain Rates, Metals and Composites, Human Response and Survivability, Impact on Sports Equipment and Communition (Crushing of Ore Products).

Professor Nurick has served on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Impact Engineering, the Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures and the International Journal of Protective Structures. He has also served on the International Scientific Committee of numerous International Conferences around the world.

In 2016 Professor Nurick was awarded an A-Rating from the NRF (National Research Foundation) of South Africa. A-rating is given to researchers who are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of their research outputs. Gerald Nurick NRF

Also in 2016, at the Assembly of the ISIE ( International Society of Impact Engineering), Professor Nurick was one of the inaugural group of five elected as Honorary Members of ISIE for lifetime significant contributions to and the development and growth of Impact Engineering activities.

Professor Nurick is a Fellow of the University of Cape Town, Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineers, Honorary Fellow of South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering and a Life Member of the Indian Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Publication Metrics

As of August 2016 Publications Citations h-index i-10 Citing Articles
ISI Web of Knowledge 103 >2100 27 55 >950
Scopus 143 >2900 31 63 >1200
Google 185 > 4000 35 98