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The primary research interests of our group are in the area of experimental mechanics:
- Shock Wave Dynamics
- Our group is interested in dynamics of unsteady shock motion, and methods to analyse the shock waves as they propagate through various media. We focus on non-invasive high-speed photography utilizing schlieren, background orientation schlieren, photoelasticity, caustics and shadowgraph techniques. We are particularly interested in shock wave focusing, where a shock wave interacts with itself or other shock waves in such a way that it forms a converging shock front. A converging shock wave is a useful tool to generate extremeley high pressures and temperatures.
- Shock Wave Behavior in Gases, Liquids, and Solids
- A shock wave is an effective method to generate high strain-rate loading scenarios. We are equally interested in understanding highly dynamic loading events in gases, liquids and solids. In particular, we are interested in applications where shock waves simultaneously propagate in media with distinctly different properties, to understand how the waves in one media influences the wave propagation in other nearby media.
- Fluid-Structure Interaction
- Of particular interest is to understand properties of wave propagation in fluids in contact with solid structures. The response of the structure depends to a large degree on what type of fluid it is in contact with during the impact. For example, the response of dynamic events taking place in ideal laboratory conditions with room temperature and standard atmospheric pressure are very different from for example dynamic events taking place in environments with varying relative humidity at high or low temperatures.