Professor Ezio Cadoni University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland.

High strain rate behaviour of construction materials
When May 13, 2019
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where LR1, Thom Building
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Contact Phone +44 (0)1865 273030
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Nowadays one of the most important challenge for structural engineering is the mitigation disastrous consequences, in terms of loss of life and economic impact, caused by extreme loading coming from accidents (explosion, fire), natural disasters (earthquakes, hurricanes, floods) and terroristic attacks (impact and blast). Severe dynamic actions have to be considered for particular constructions such as protective structures, offshore platforms, nuclear waste containers, bridges and any other socially sensitive infrastructures. This new scenario imposes to the research community the need to enhance the knowledge of the effects of dynamic loads on structures, analysing as first priority the materials behaviour under such extreme conditions. In this direction, the utilisation of laboratory experimentation with innovative techniques can provide a strong base for the validation of existing computational models, or the implementation of new ones, towards the prediction of the structural responses under these extreme loading conditions.

Starting from research projects developed at the DynaMat Laboratory, during the seminar it will be presented some advances in dynamic testing methodologies, in particular concerning construction materials (e.g. concrete, UHPFRC, steel).