Conference in Torino 2016

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The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (DIMEAS) of Politecnico di Torino is pleased to host the 1st International Conference on Impact Loading of Structures and Materials which follows the previous four editions of the International Conference on Impact Loading of Lightweight Structures. This series of conferences, initiated by Prof. Norman Jones (University of Liverpool) and Prof. Tom Wierzbicki (MIT) in the 1980s, continued in Florianópolis (Brazil, 2005), Trondheim (Norway, 2008), Valenciennes (France, 2011) and Cape Town (South Africa, 2014).

The conference is planned to be a forum for scientists, researchers and engineers, from all over the world, to exchange ideas and experience on the behavior and modelling of materials, safety and design of structures with respect to high strain-rate, impact and blast loading in particular.

The list of topics includes but is not limited to:
• Material characterization including failure (lightweight alloys, composites, polymers, high-strength steels, foams, ceramics, biological materials)
• Structural failure, energy absorbing systems and crashworthiness
• Vehicle safety (automotive, railways, aerospace, motorcycles and bicycles, naval) • Impact biomechanics
• Ballistic impact
• Experimental techniques
• Theoretical models
• Numerical analysis

Each providing information on the design of modern, lightweight structures and contributing to a safer world.

A major objective is to strengthen the link between research and development, which is carried out at universities and research organizations, and the needs of industry and society. Thus, scientists from both academia and industry are encouraged to contribute at the conference.

Any kind of structure or material is to be included in the conference topics as well as any kind of application, from road vehicles to aircraft, trains, spacecrafts, ships, offshore structures, strategic buildings and infrastructure.

Prof. Giovanni Belingardi
Chair of ICILSM 2016
Department of Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering
Politecnico di Torino
Prof. Massimiliano Avalle
Co-Chair of ICILSM 2016
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Politecnico di Torino


1. Ballistic impact:

Ballistic perforation of layered and surface hardened steel plates.

Experimental Investigation on the penetration performance of ultra-high strength alloy steel projectiles to HSLA steel plate – Ren, BIT (CN).

Effect of Impact Rate in Multiple Impacts on Aramid Fabrics – Kechagiadakis, Gent.

Ballistic impact on ceramic-composite tiles; experimental and numerical investigation – Manes, PoliMI (IT)

Impact performance of composite sandwich structure under low and high velocity impact – Yu, London Imp Coll (UK)

2. Blast loading:

Inelastic response of thin aluminium plates exposed to blast loading – Aune, NTNU (NO)

Shock tube testing and numerical simulations of concrete slabs – Kristoffersen, NTNU (NO)

Response of V-shaped sandwich panels filled with tubular cores subjected to a blast load – Chung Kim Yuen, UCT (ZA)

Alternatives to improve the dynamic response of reinforced concrete columns subjected to blast loading – Ambrosini, UN Cuyo (AR)

Effect of the high temperature on the high strain rate behaviour of an austenitic stainless steel – Cadoni, SUPSI (CH)

Protection of lightweight structural elements against explosive and impact loading – Gerasimov, Tomsk SU (RU)

Crashworthiness analysis of various configurations of protective panels – Malachnowski, Warsaw UT (PL)

On momentum and energy transfer to clamped elasto-plastic beam in intense air blasts – Tan, London (UK)

The influence of curvature on the response of sandwich panels subjected to air-blast loading – Langdon, U Cape Town (ZA)

3. Experimental techniques

Investigation of polyurethane foam shock mitigation by using high energy charged particle beams – Pradel, CEA (FR)

Full-Field Temperature Measurement in High Strain Rate Tensile Experiment – Gilat, Ohio SU (US)

Use of the digital image correlation to process a non equilibrium dynamic compressive test on a very low impedance material – Zeng, INSA (FR)

Recent advances in experimental scale modelling of ship collision and grounding scenarios – Calle, Sao Paulo (BR)

Experimental Investigation of the Rate-Dependent Performance of Bonded Interfaces – Mode I – Lissner, Oxford (UK).

Use of an experimental device developed for investigating severe interactions in aircraft engines to study High-Speed Milling of Al alloys – Faure, LEM3 (FR).

4. High-speed forming processes:

Coupling Mechanism in MetalPowder Impact Compaction – Liu, Ningbo U (CN)

Multiscale modelling of Ti6Al4V sheets under explosive loading – Kalogiannis, RMA (BE)

Critical assessment of the Johnson-Cook and VPSC models to describe the quasi-static and dynamic behaviour of Ti-6Al-4V in an implicit finite element sc.

Flash Characteristics of Aluminium Alloy Produced by Hypervelocity Impact – Zhang, Bejing IT (CN).

5. Impact biomechanics:

Finite Element Simulation of Neck Brace Protective Equipment for Motorcycle Riders – Farajzadeh Khosroshahi, UniPD (IT)

Numerical-experimental investigation on the biomechanics performances of an aeronautical seat – Senatore, UniNA (IT)

Dynamic mechanical properties of Ti-Mo biomedical material – Chen, Kaohsiung (TW).

Ski helmet. From accident investigation to helmet evaluation – Arnoux, IFSTTAR (FR).

Development of airbag device for pedestrian safety by means of finite element simulations – Scattina, PoliTO (IT).

Analysis of a powered two-wheeler (PTW) passenger kinematics and impact conditions – Llari, IFSTTAR (FR).

6. Material characterization:

Dynamic Crushing of Anisotropic Polymeric Foam – Effects of Loading Direction and Strain Rate – Shim, NU Singapore (SG).

Impact Properties of Polymeric Materials Used for Motorcyclists’ Personal Protective Equipment – Nasim, Dainese (IT).

Strain rate effects in titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V obtained by Electron Beam Melting on powder bed – Hiricoiu, LAMIH (FR).

Mechanical responses and dynamic failure of Nanostructure Cu-Al alloys under uniaxial compression – Suo, NWPU (CN).

On the Mechanical Response and damage-based Constitutive Model of Epoxy under Wide Strain Rate loading – Miao, NWPU (CN)

Strain rate effect under various stress states of the aluminium alloy 2024-T3 – Lafilé, U Bretagne Sud (FR).

Prediction of damage initiation in epoxy over a wide range of stress states, strain rates and temperatures – Pandya, Cambridge (UK).

The Open Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar – Addressing force equilibrium in specimens with non-uniform deformation – Govender, UCT (ZA).

Investigation of foam multiaxial behavior by numerical and experimental methods – Donnard, Ensam Bordeaux (FR).

Investigation of foam multiaxial behavior by numerical and experimental methods – Donnard, Ensam Bordeaux (FR).

Characterisation of the microstructure of quartz sand grains for multiscale modelling of impact and penetration in granular materials – Eller, VW (DE).

High loading rate tension and shear response of Z-pins in multidirectional laminates – Cui, Oxford (UK).

High strain-rate properties of hybrid aluminium and polyurethane foams – Peroni, JRC (IT).

Mechanical testing of refractory metals in high strain-rate and high temperature loading conditions – Scapin, PoliTO (IT)

Experimental techniques for the dynamic tensile strength and fracture investigation of graphite – Peroni, PoliTO (IT).

Behavior of Composite Single-bolted Joint under dynamic Tensile and Compressive loading – Xue, Xi’an NPU (CH).

Dynamic mode transformation of an elastic-plastic ring subjected to internal impulsive load – Yang, UMIST (UK).

Crashworthiness modelling of hierarchical short glass fibres reinforced graphene polymer composites materials – Elmarakbi, Sunderland (UK).

7. Numerical analysis

3D Discrete Element Modelling of spalling behavior of concrete at high strain rates.

Tensile strength and failure simulation of resistance spot weld of multi-layers of steel sheets – Chtourou, Valenciennes (FR).

Systematic study of p-refined (higher order) isogeometric analysis patches with application in ballistic test of titanium plates – Montanari, Oxford (UK).

Modelling and failure of granular reinforced composite materials under dynamic loading conditions – Falco, Oxford (UK).

Constitutive modelling of plastic anisotropy with kinematic and isotropic hardening at high strain rates using a multi-scale calibration – Cousins, Oxford (UK).

Ballast impact effect on composite based car body shell in railway – Cheng, Compiègne (FR).

A multi-physics modelling for simulating the expanding ring test – Ruggiero, UNICAS (IT).

Rate-dependent Fracture Initiation in Advanced High Strength Steels under Shear Loading – Roth, ETH (CH).

Numerical calculation of plastic deformations caused by wave induced by ns laser pulse – Moćko, Motor Transp Inst Warsaw (PL).

Numerical Investigation of Foam Filled Axially Loaded Multitubular Structures – Eren, Istanbul TU (TR).

A simplified simulation method for adhesively bonded hybrid structures – Wartzack, Erlangen-Nuremberg U (DE).

8. Structural failure:

Dynamic response of beam-to-column joints – Grimsmo, NTNU (NO)

Blast resistance and multi-objective optimization of metallic sandwich panels with graded aluminum foam cores – Qi, Dalian (CN).

Relevance of forming processes on crash performance of body-in-white structural parts – Castiglione, Polito (IT).

Low Velocity Impact Response of Sandwiches with Micro Lattice Cores Manufactured via Selective Laser Sintering – Kara, Hitit U (TR).

Parametric study of a sandwich structure under soft impact – Arnaud, U Toulouse (FR).

Experimental characterization and numerical multi-objective optimization of aluminum extrusions filled with PET foam and GFRP – Costas, UDC (ES).

Energy absorption capability of spruce and beech under axial compression with rigid confinement – Wouts, Valenciennes (FR).

Effects of material alignment in blast and impact protection – Harris, Cambridge (UK).

Energy absorption of hierarchical honeycombs – Sun, Hunan (CN).

Crashworthiness of the twin-walled fuselage design – Sturm, DLR (DE).

Light-Weight-Design; Detailed Comparison of Roof Panel Solutions at Crash and Stiffness Analyses – Borazjani, PoliTO (IT).

Experimental and simulation study of specific energy absorption of foam-filled honeycomb structure – Aminanda, IIUM (MY).

Energy absorption characterization of multicellular AA6063-T6 & AA7XXX extrusions – Zhumagulov, Waterloo (CA).

Impact against aluminium stiffened panels – Morin, NTNU (NO).

Experimental investigation on impact behaviour of wood-based sandwich structures – De luycker, Toulouse (FR).

9. Theoretical models:

Local onset prediction of deformation twinning at subsurface for metals at high strain-rates – Adziman, Swansea (UK)

Constitutive modelling of high thermal softening phenomenon in metallic materials – Francart, U Strasbourg (FR).

10. Vehicle safety:

Surface modeling of vehicle frontends for pedestrian safety with the FlexPLI – Simon, TUM (DE).

Design and assessing of Motorcyclist Vehicle Restraint Systems; numerical simulation and parametric study – Vidjannagni, U Lyon (FR).

Experimental investigation of automotive components consisting of hybrid FRP-metal-material systems under dynamic loading – Dlugosch, EMI (DE).

Parametric analysis for variable-thickness rolled blank (VRB) top-hat thin-walled structures under bending impact loading – Duan, Hunan (CN).

11. Special Session Composites:

Damages Modeling in Composite Materials Effect of Laminate Stacking Sequences – HASSOON, ENSTA (FR).

Modeling non-linear strain rate dependent behaviour of short-fibre reinforced composites – Nciri, UVHC (FR).

Experimental and numerical analysis of low to medium velocity impact of a woven fabric composite beam – Mehdipour, PoliTO (IT).

A methodology for the assessment of residual elastic properties in damaged components made of composite materials – Paolino, PoliTO (IT)

A first SEA evaluation on GFRP laminate plate – Carello, PoliTO (IT).

Analysis of the impact on composite sandwich structures – De Marco Muscat-Fenech, Malta (MT).

Experimental investigation of crushed composite plates under static and dynamic loads – Tostain, Toulouse (FR)

Parametric simulation of LVI test onto CFRP plates – Sepe, UniNA (IT).
Searching the energy absorption capability of composite impact attenuators with the particle swarm optimization – Boria, UNICAM (IT).

12. Special Session Crashworthiness:

Investigation of the Dynamic Behaviour of a PU Based Adhesive using Split-Hopkinson Tensile and Compression Bars – Ledford, EMI (DE).

Evaluation of a Stress State Dependent Fracture Model for Hot Stamped Boron Steel; Experiments and Simulations – Omer, Waterloo (CA).

Crashworthiness Evaluation of Warm Formed Aluminum Side Impact Beams – Kim, Waterloo (CA).

Quasi-Static and Low Velocity Dynamic Characterization of D-LFT Compression Moulded Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polyamide-6 – Altenhof, Windsor (CA).

Finite Element Modelling of a Novel Cutting Deformation Mode of AA6061-T6 Tubes Employing Higher Order Element Formulations – Altenhof, Windsor (CA).

Numerical simulation of progressive bearing failure of bolted joints in CFRP aircraft structures – Feser, DLR (DE).

Crash Absorbing Structures for Different Vehicle Concepts – Grünheid, DLR (DE).

Safer and less expensive design strategies in the composite AC certification process; numerical-experimental crashworthiness evaluation for composite regional airc.

Optimization of the elasto-plasticity on the legs of a spacecraft lander – Mariano, Altair (IT).

13. Special Session Prof. Yu:

Ni-Ti SMA Alloy under Impact Shear Loading – Zhao, Cachan (FR).

A numerical general technique for scaling impacted structures – Alves, U Sao Paulo (BR)

Combining cellular materials with structural softening-hardening for improved impact energy absorption – Karagiozova, Sofia (BG).

Numerical Study on the Large Deflection Response of Restrained Steel Beams under Fire and Explosion Loads – Xi, SINA (CN).

A Comparison of Linear Shell Element, Selectively Reduced Integration and Cubic Formulations Using a Crush Tube Model – Watson, Waterloo (CA).

Technique for Simulating Interfacial or Cohesive Failure in Adhesive Joints – Watson, Waterloo (CA).

Impact and Crush Simulation of Composite Structures using the Local Cohesive Zone Method – Shor, British Columbia (CA).

Experimental investigation of laminated tempered glass subject to blast load, Li, Taiyuan (CN).

Characterisation and prediction of the failure process of ceramics under dynamic compression, Li, Nanyang TU (CN).

Edge effects in periodic lattices – Tan, UC London (UK).

Deformation Mechanism of a Metal Tube under Inversion over Circular Dies – Qiu, Tsinghua U (CN).

Simulative analysis of the acupuncture of 18650 cell jellyroll; coupling of the mechanical, electrical and thermal behavior – Xu, Beihang U (CN).

A convenient drop-weight device for characterizing the dynamic tensile behaviour of individual fibres – Yang, Nanyang TU (CN).

Wave propagation in density-graded cellular metals under impact loading – Yu, Hefei UST (CN).

Bending collapse of square tubes with variable thickness in the cross-section – Zhang, Huazhong UST (CN).

Energy absorption of short tubes under oblique compression – Lu, Swinburne UT (AU).

Response of Continuous Beam Bridges with Friction Pendulum Bearing to Earthquake Loading – Wang, Brunel UT (UK).

High strain rate response of magnesium nanocomposite – Xiao, Nanyang TU (SG).

Crashworthiness of Vertex Based Hierarchical Honeycombs under Out-of-Plane Impact – Li, Sidney U (AU).

Saturated Impulse for Pulse-loaded Elastic-plastic Rectangular Plates – Zhu, Wuhan UT (CN).

Rate effect on compressive properties of metal microspheres with liquid core – Zhang, Nanyang TU (SG).

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