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Computational Methods and Design for Impact and Safety Problems

Jun Xu, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Chao Zhang, Northwestern Polytechnical University

Howie Fang, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Qing Li, University of Sydney

Qian Wang, Manhattan College

David Weggel, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Significant impact and safety events can push physical systems to their limits and result in catastrophic consequences such as widespread human casualties/injuries and loss of property. A good understanding of the systems subject to impact/blast loading and intrinsic safety problems is required for system design and/or hazard mitigation. Due to the destructive nature of safety events, physical experiments, especially full-scale testing, have remained a significant challenge due to their high costs associated with specialized facilities and equipment, personnel expertise, and setup of full-scale test specimens. While controlled full-scale testing may never become obsolete, recent advances in computing hardware and numerical algorithms have enabled numerical modeling and simulation to play an increasingly critical role in this important area of research.
This mini-symposium aims to bring together researchers and engineers working on all types of impact and safety problems. It seeks to synthesize recent advances in mathematical models and computational methods/algorithms for impact and safety problems as well as for designing impact/blast resistant structures/systems. Research and industrial applications addressing all aspects of responses of structures, bodies, and materials subject to impact and blast loading are welcomed. In particular, topics targeting advanced materials (composite materials), energy systems (lithium-ion batteries, electric vehicles) are encouraged.