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Blast Characterisation

Blast wave characterisation - using an instrumented ballistic pendulum. At present blast pressure history used in numerically modelling is approximated in various simplified forms. Research in this field is aimed at providing a more realistic pressure - time history of a blast event.

These projects involve measuring the blast pressure distribution across the face of a plate that is subjected to blast load by means of both indenters and Hopkinson bar.

List of most recent publications

  • GROBBELAAR, WP & NURICK, GN, "An investigation of structures subjected to blast loads incorporating an equation of state to model the material behaviour of the explosive". 7th International Symposium on Structural Failure and Plasticity (IMPLAST 2000), Melbourne, Australia: pp. 185-194, 2000.