Energy Absorption of Structures and Materials

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781855736887
eBook ISBN: 9781855738584
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 31st October 2003
Page Count: 424
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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.

Key Features

  • Important new study of energy absorption of engineering structures and materials
  • Shows how they can be designed to withstand sudden loading in a safe, controllable and predictable way
  • Illuminating case studies back up the theoretical analysis


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

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.


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