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EPSRC Reference: GR/S64165/01
Title: Bomb Blast Protection using Novel Lightweight Materials
Principal Investigator: Schleyer, Dr GK
Other Investigators:
Cantwell, Professor W Jones, Professor N Langdon, Professor GS
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
BP Gluco Ltd (Leeds Innovation Centre) LINPAC Environmental
University of Cape Town
Department: School of Engineering
Organisation: University of Liverpool
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2003 Ends: 30 September 2005 Value (£): 154,679
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation Transport Ops & Management
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Transport Systems and Vehicles
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Summary on Grant Application Form
The emergence of terrorist threats to the built environment and the public is of major concern as a bomb blast in a shopping centre, an office block or a airport could be responsible for a substantial amount of damage and injury. It is proposed to develop novel lightweight composite materials for use in bomb-proof construction of street furniture, where an explosive device could be easily concealed so as to contain the energy of the blast and thereby minimise damage and human casualties. The materials to be developed and tested are based on stacked arrangements of aluminium alloy and fibrereinforced composite materials, which have been shown to offer excellent impact and blast resistant properties. Furthermore, the lightweight nature an formability of the materials make them particularly suitable for this application. Testing of the materials and prototypes will be carried out using laboratory blast test facilities and a high explosive test range in accordance with government standards. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with the manufacturers of the materials, Gluco, by and LINPAC Environmental and with the primary user body of the research, Westminster Council. The goal is to reduce damage and human casualties caused by terrorist explosive devices in high risk areas and hence to promote a safer living environment.
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