SUSI 2016 is the 14th International Conference in the successful series of Structures under Shock and Impact. The first conference started in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1989) and continued in Portsmouth, UK (1992); Madrid, Spain (1994); Udine, Italy (1996); Thessaloniki, Greece (1998); Cambridge, UK (2000); Montreal (2002); Crete (2004); the Wessex Institute, UK (2006); the Algarve, Portugal (2008), Tallinn, Estonia (2010), Kos, Greece (2012); and the New Forest, UK (2014).

The increasing need to protect civilian infrastructure and industrial facilities against unintentional loads arising from accidental impact and explosion events as well as terrorist attack is reflected in the sustained interest in this SUSI meeting over nearly three decades. While advances have been made over this period, nevertheless many challenges remain, such as to develop more effective and efficient blast and impact mitigation approaches than currently exist. The primary focus remains the survivability of physical facilities and the protection of people, as well as reducing economic losses and impact on the environment, with emphasis on innovative protective technologies to support the needs of an economically growing, modern society. The application of this technology ranges from transportation of dangerous or combustible materials to defences against natural hazard threats such as flood, wind, storm, tsunami and earthquake. Large scale testing is prohibitive and small scale laboratory testing results in scaling uncertainties.

Continuing research is therefore essential to improve knowledge on how these structures behave under a variety of load actions, some of which interact making it even more complex and difficult to define. Consequently, more use of advanced numerical simulations for load and structural response calculations is common practice in industry and research. Such calculations can directly be used in design and risk assessment calculations, but also be applied as input to more simplified design tools and design codes. Whether numerical or analytical modelling techniques are employed, experimental validation is vital for there to be acceptance of the approach to be used.

The SUSI meeting over the years has fulfilled many objectives, not least to provide a forum for exchange of research ideas and results to promote a better understanding of these critical issues relating to the testing behaviour, modelling and analyses of protective structures against blast and impact loading. It is the objective of these meetings to bring together scientists and engineers from a wide range of academic disciplines and industrial backgrounds who have an interest in the structural impact response of structures and materials. In this way, the major developments in different areas can be brought to the attention of the entire community. All papers presented at the SUSI conference since 1994 are archived in the WIT eLibrary (, where they are accessible to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at SUSI 2016. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Impact and blast loading
  • Energy absorbing issues
  • Computational and experimental results
  • Aeronautical and aerospace applications
  • Response of reinforce concrete under impact
  • Response of building to blast
  • Seismic behaviour
  • Protection of existing structures
  • Industrial accidents and explosions
  • Hazard mitigation and assessment
  • Security issues
  • Dynamic analysis of composite structures
  • Design against failure
  • Damage limitation
  • Dynamics of nano materials
  • Vehicle impact
  • Projectile impact
  • Ballistics analysis
  • Structural resilience
  • Dynamic material behaviour

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers Papers presented at SUSI 2016 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in a special Issue of the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (ISSN:2046-0546; Digital ISSN:2046-0554).

Reviews Abstracts and papers are reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts.

Open Access WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work.  WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free ( 

Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and have appeared in notable reviews and databases. Papers are submitted to various indexing services such as Thomson Reuters Web of Science, Google Scholar*, Scopus and ProQuest. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings Delegates will receive a copy of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. The USB will, in addition, contain papers from previous conferences in this series. Following the Conference, authors will receive an electronic copy of the publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary ( where they are easily and permanently available to the international scientific community.

Networking Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, becoming part of a unique community.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at their conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much reduced conference fee.


*Google Scholar Indexation  
WIT Press has made all its conference and journal papers open access in an effort to help its dissemination within the scientific and technical community.

This means that you are now able to download any paper in the WIT eLibrary ( totally free and without having to pre-register.

This major development has the added benefit of allowing the Google Scholar search engines to fully index all WIT papers.

Google Scholar is a search engine created specifically for researchers to facilitate the indexation and citation of academic papers free of charge. This service is becoming the most accepted comprehensive benchmark and quality standard.

In Google Scholar you will be able to see the number of citations of your articles as well as the ‘h-index’ ranking for both author and publications. The h-index is the largest number h such that at least h articles (by the author or in a publication) were cited at least h times each.

The impact of your work is given by the ‘i10 index’ which refers to the number of publications within the last 10 years that have at least 10 citations.

You can also easily create within the system an Author’s Profile which helps to highlight your achievements.

Google Scholar is becoming the most popular system in the world and its metrics are independent and unbiased. Unlike other ranking systems, it is free.


To register online for this conference please complete the registration form by clicking on the 'Register' button at the top or completing the form below. 

Conference Fees

Includes conference proceedings, other documentation and refreshments.

Registration Fee, €890

Conference Chairmen, WIT Fellows and members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, €780

Students, €500

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at SUSI 2016 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in a special Issue of the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements (ISSN:2046-0546; Digital ISSN:2046-0554).

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary ( where they are easily and permanently available to the international scientific community.

WIT Transactions have since 1993 been publishing exceptional conference papers which are referenced by CrossRef and have been indexed in international databases. All conference books are catalogued and archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access

WIT strongly believes that removing the barrier to research published online will greatly aid progress in all scientific and technical disciplines, as well as all other spheres of knowledge. Most WIT conference and all journal papers are freely available online.

Crete, Greece

Chania, CreteThe largest and most southerly Greek island, Crete has preserved its unspoilt nature, local traditions and ancient monuments and is renowned for its 1100km of Mediterranean coastline. The Minoan culture, Europe’s first advanced civilisation, developed on Crete between 2800 and 1000BC, and was later succeeded by Greco-Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman influences, leading to a varied and beautiful traditional architecture. The Mediterranean landscape, which is the main draw for many of the island’s visitors, encompasses a stunning coastline with
excellent beaches, mountainous inland, and many dramatic features including the Samaria Gorge and Lassithi plateau.

Travel Information

By Air

The island of Crete has two international airports, both on the north coast and within easy reach of the main towns.

Chania International airport
Chania International airport is situated to the west of the island.
Aegean Airways provides daily flights to Athens (for International connections) as well Munich, Istanbul, Paris, London and Milan.

Chania Airport to Chania
The public bus is the most economical transportation from / to the airport. Firstly take the airport bus from just outside from the terminal buildingTickets can be purchased on the bus. Buses leave at various times of the day to coincide with flight arrivals. The journey takes around 30 minutes and costs €2.50. More timetable information can be found here:

Chania to Heraklion
From Chania you can take a bus to Heraklion bus station. Buses leave Chania once per hour, and the journey will take approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes and costs around €15.00. More timetable information can be found here:

Heraklion to Aldemar Royal Mare Hotel
From the main bus station near the marina in Heraklion, a convenient bus travels to hotels in Hersonissos, departing every 30 minutes from early morning until late evening. You can take any bus that states destination: Hersonissos, Stalis, Malia or Agios Nikolaos. Tickets cost around €4.00 each way. This part of the journey takes around 45 minutes.
Alternatively you could take a taxi from Heraklion directly to the hotel which costs between €30-€40.

Heraklion (Iraklion) International airport
Heraklion (Iraklion) International airport can be found in the centre of the island and provides regular flights to all major European cities, and quick transfers to Athens for connections to all major International airports.

  • From the UK, flights to Heraklion depart from London Gatwick airport and Manchester with Easyjet, and from Birmingham and Bristol with Monarch. Eurocyria Airways regularly fly from Bristol, Easyjet and Stansted to Heraklion. Additionally, regular charter flights operate from with Thomson Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines from many airports across the UK and Ireland, including Belfast, Cardiff, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle throughout the summer. 
  • Flights from all major German airports, Basel and Zurich in Switzerland, and Graz, Linz, Salzburg and Vienna in Austria are available with Air Berlin.
  • Condor offers flights to Heraklion from Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart in Germany.
  • Regular flights run from Paris (Orly) and Amsterdam to Heraklion with Transavia.
  • German Wings fly to Heraklion from Berlin and Cologne in Germany.

The Aldemar Royal Mare Village near Hersonissou is located 23km from Heraklion International airport and can easily reached by bus, taxi or hire car.

Bus from Heraklion Airport to Hersonissou
If you choose to travel by bus to the conference venue, a frequent service takes passengers from Heraklion airport to the main bus station near the marina in Heraklion, where a convenient bus travels to hotels in Hersonissou. For an additional charge, the Royal Mare Village Hotel operates a coach service from Heraklion town centre to the Hotel.

By Car

Several major hire car companies operate at both Heraklion and Chania airports in Crete, including Avis, Budget, Eurodollar and Hertz, and the hotel can be reached on main roads from the airports.

The journey from Chania airport by car takes around 2.5 hours via the following route:

  • VOAK/A90/E75 in Tsikalaria from EO Aerodromiou Soudas and Akrotiriou
  • Follow VOAK/E75 to Palea EO Irakliou Agiou Nikolaou/PEO90 in Gouves. Take the exit toward Old National Road from VOAK/E75
  • Continue on Palea EO Irakliou Agiou Nikolaou/PEO90 to your destination in Chersonisos

The journey from Heraklion airport takes around 20 minutes via VOAK/E75 and Palea EO Irakliou Agiou Nikolaou/PEO90 (see above)

Please note that all information included above is correct at September 2015. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Conference Venue 

The Aldemar Royal Mare is situated in a beautiful beachfront location, only 23km from Heraklion airport in Crete. The hotel sits in lush grounds, with two large outdoor swimming pools, and is a complex of attractive low-rise buildings only a short distance from the beach. The Royal Mare has ample facilities including an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts and fitness centre, as well as squash courts, sauna and a water sports centre on the waterfront. In addition, there are a range of restaurants serving different cuisines. These include the gourmet ‘Candia’ restaurant which serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine, the ‘Albatros’ restaurant with spectacular sea views, and the ‘Symposio’ restaurant which offers buffets prepared using fresh, local ingredients, and has a delightful outdoor terrace where guests can enjoy their meal.


Special accommodation rates have been negotiated at the Aldemar Royal Mare. Please ensure that you book your accommodation by completing the Accommodation Booking Form which can be found on the link below. We highly recommend that delegates stay at this hotel for ease of attendance to the meeting.

The Aldemar Royal Mare
Limenas Hersonissou
Crete 70014

Please note: All delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation and settling their own accounts.

Visa Information

A Schengen Visa is the document issued for visiting/travelling in and within the Schengen Area. The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Schengen visas are issued by the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. If you intend to visit one of the Schengen countries for business, as a tourist or for a personal/private visit, you must first obtain a Schengen visa, unless your country is part of the Shengen territory or has a special agreement. You can check which whether citizens of your country require Shengen VISA here:

Where to apply:

  • You should apply to the Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence (unless you are resident in Ireland). 
  • If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, apply to the Embassy or Consulate of that country. 
  • If you intend to visit several of the Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country in which your main destination is situated (longest duration of stay).

Processing time: Your application should be lodged at the Embassy or Consulate at least 2 weeks before the proposed journey is undertaken. Requirements for a Schengen visa may vary slightly between the different Schengen countries. Please visit the following link for further information:

Important information: Please notice that although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, it is your responsibility to check that the visa and travel requirements with the corresponding Embassy in your country.

Invitation Letters

If you require a letter of invitation for your visa application, please submit a request for a letter of invitation to the conference secretariat. Registration fees must be paid in order to be issued an invitation letter. Please make sure you read the cancellation policy stated in the registration form before sending your payment.

All letters of invitation will be sent to you by email and regular mail unless otherwise specified.
Please provide the following information in your request:

  • Title (Dr., Professor, Mr., Mrs., Miss, Ms, etc.)
  • Your full name (Please specify family name and given name)
  • Organization
  • Full mailing address
  • Additional information such as if you are presenting a paper at the Conference
  • We cannot provide visa letters for spouses or guests, however we can include their name on your letter