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Dynamic response of impact-loaded crushable auxetic metamaterials

Aerospace Engineering

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Dr A Soleiman-Fallah , Dr B Wang Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Auxetic metamaterials possess an artificially designed microstructure allowing them to offer some unique features not readily observed in natural materials. Auxetic materials are known to have negative Poisson’s ratio which renders them suitable for impact resistance barriers as material is jammed underneath the point of impact providing higher resistance. This is, in essence, a passive control system increasing local impact resistance of impact resistant shields. Through smart lay-up design one can combine multiple layers of auxetic materials to form a metamaterial with a beneficial contact force reduction mechanism to achieve maximum energy absorption and impact protection in the event of high velocity impact. The aim of the project is thus a detailed study of several cases to propose an optimum arrangement.

Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: Recently the UK Government made available the Doctoral Student Loans of up to £25,000 for UK and EU students and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.)
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