The University of Sheffield
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Predicting The Impulse From Buried Charges

Supervisor: Dr Sam Clarke

Joint Supervisor: Dr Sam Rigby

It is well known by terrorists around the world that the process of burying an explosive device acts to direct and enhance the destructive capability of the device. Over the last decade thousands of tests have been conducted in various soil types to attempt to try to better understand this problem.

To date, no-one has attempted to synthesise all the disparate data sources into a single complied dataset to allow for a meta-analysis to be conducted. This will involve collating data from the literature and from the Sheffield Blast tests in an attempt to model and predict the output of shallow buried charges. This data can then be fed into the Sheffield predictive model for blast behaviour, which is detailed in the paper linked to below.

This project is NOT FUNDED, although Departmental/University scholarships are available for applicants who can demonstrate strong evidence of research potential.

Pre-requisite qualification

UK 2:1 equivalent minimum

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