Energy Absorption of Structures and Materials


  • G Lu, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • T X Yu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

This important study focuses on the way in which structures and materials can be best designed to absorb kinetic energy in a controllable and predictable manner. Understanding of energy absorption of structures and materials is important in calculating the damage to structures caused by accidental collision, assessing the residual strength of structures after initial damage and in designing packaging to protect its contents in the event of impact. Whilst a great deal of recent research has taken place into the energy absorption behaviour of structures and materials and significant progress has been made, this knowledge is diffuse and widely scattered. This book offers a synthesis of the most recent developments and forms a detailed and comprehensive view of the area. It is an essential reference for all engineers concerned with materials engineering in relation to the theory of plasticity, structural mechanics and impact dynamics.
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Engineers and materials scientists, practicing mechanical and structural engineers; Researchers concerned with energy absorption prediction and the effective design of structures and materials to counter the effects of impacts and sudden loading


Book information

  • Published: October 2003
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-85573-688-7


…a good introduction and overview., IMECHE Proceedings Part D

Table of Contents

Methodology for analysing energy absorbing capacities; Dimensional analysis and experimental techniques; Rings and ring systems; Thin-walled members under transverse loading; Axial crushing of thin-walled members; Impact on structures and inertia-sensitivity; Plastic deformation and ductile tearing; Cylindrical and spherical shells; Cellular materials; Composite materials and structures; Case studies.