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Mechanics and Dynamics

Activities are divided into fundamental research on materials, behaviour of structures and failure mechanisms and criteria. The materials research focuses on powder metal (mainly titanium and its alloys) processing and products, continuous fibre-reinforced thermoset composites for aviation components and structures, material property extraction using digital image and volume correlation, characterisation of granular materials and qualification of additive manufactured parts for biomedical and aerospace components. The structures research looks for fundamental understanding of the behaviour of structures under static and dynamic conditions and, in the case of vehicles, aircraft or ships, their impact on humans. The research into failure mechanisms and criteria is focused on composite material failure phenomena, fracture and creep deformation of steels.