Recent events have highlighted the fragility and vulnerability of our infrastructure and environment to accidental explosions and terrorist attacks, and how important it is to continue to improve safety and security.
Professor Norman Jones FREng and Dr Graham Schleyer FIMechE from the University of Liverpool, School of Engineering recently delivered a short course on impact and blast resistant design methods over 5 days at the Wessex Institute of Technology to a group of participants from the UK, Canada, US, Pakistan, Turkey, France and Denmark.
This course was designed to equip professional engineers and researchers with the tools and methods to analyse and better understand problems in industry associated with large dynamic loads produced by a variety of energetic sources such as explosions, dropped objects and high velocity projectiles. Practical design examples and case studies were used throughout with reference to commonly used design manuals and codes of practice. Hands-on sessions were included to allow typical problems to be solved using spreadsheet analysis tools. Participants received the new edition of Prof Jones’ book on Structural Impact, together with other course literature. The material presented applied to structural crashworthiness, explosion mitigation, hazards evaluation and safety calculations throughout the civil, mechanical, nuclear, transportation, petrochemical and process industries.
The presenters are internationally recognised and accomplished in their field with experience in research and teaching over many years. The participants commented on how useful they found the course in view of the versatility and accessibility of the methods and appreciated the comprehensive set of notes and worked examples.
The next course will take place from 7-10 November 2016.