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Research on Mechanics of Advanced Materials at Loughborough University, UK

Friday, March 10, 2017, 2:00 PM
Woolf Hall 402

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Vadim V. Silberschmidt, Ph.D.Vadim V. Silberschmidt, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Mechanics of Materials
Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University

2:00-2:50 p.m., Friday, March 10 - Woolf Hall 402

Abstract: Vadim Silberschmidt is a head of the Mechanics of Advanced Materials (MoAM) Research Group at Loughborough University. The group carries out multi-disciplinary research into the response of advanced engineering and biological materials to various types of external loading, manufacturing processes and environmental conditions, using a combination of analytical, numerical and experimental techniques. Among the studied materials are composites and nanocomposites, steels, alloys and superalloys, polymers, materials for microelectronics, biological and biomedical materials, sports materials, ceramics and ceramic coatings, polymeric foams, non-woven fabrics, hydrogels and metallic glasses. Different types of loading are analysed: quasi-static loading, fatigue, creep, impact fatigue, thermal cycling and conditions of ultrasonically assisted machining.

The presentation will provide an overview of the research performed by MoAM and will cover recent developments in the following main research areas:

  • Dynamic loading and impact fatigue;
  • Dynamic damage in composites (blast and impact);
  • Ultrasonically-assisted machining;
  • Crystal plasticity and DDD for superalloys;
  • Mechanics of fibrous networks – nonwovens and hydrogels;
  • Mechanics of bones – fracture and adaptation;
  • Mechanics of stents.

Bio: Vadim Silberschmidt was appointed to the Chair of Mechanics of Materials at the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University, UK in 2000. Prior to this, he was a senior researcher at the Institute A for Mechanics at Technische Universität München in Germany. Educated in the USSR, he worked at the Institute of Continuous Media Mechanics and Institute for Geosciences (both - the USSR (later – Russian) Academy of Sciences). At Loughborough, he heads the Mechanics of Advanced Materials Research Group and is also the Director of the International Centre of Vibro-Impact Systems; he was Associate Dean (Research) in 2011-2014. He is a Charted Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering and Institute of Physics, where he also chaired Applied Mechanics Group in 2008-2011. He is a Chair of Technical Committee 14 “Integrity of Biomedical and Biological Materials” of the European Structural Integrity Society. He is Editor-in-Chief of “Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Modern Processes” (Springer), Associate Editor of “Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology” (ASME); “Shock and Vibration” (Hindawi) and "Journal of Vibration and Control" (SAGE Publications) and a member of Editorial Boards of international journals “Materials Science and Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing” (Elsevier); “Computers, Materials & Continua” (Tech Science Press); “International Journal of Automotive Composites” (Inderscience) and “Advanced Manufacturing: Polymer & Composites Science” (Taylor & Francis). He has co-authored four research monographs and more than 450 peer-reviewed scientific papers (including some 270 journal papers) on mechanics and micromechanics of deformation, damage and fracture in advanced materials. Prof. Silberschmidt has had a large portfolio of research grants funded by different funding bodies. In the last 5 years he has been a PI or CI on the projects funded by the EPSRC UK, Innovate UK, EU, European Defence Agency, the Royal Society, the British Council and various national and international institutions and companies with a total value in excess of £6m. Prof. Silberschmidt has (co-)supervised 60+ PhD students.

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