Current focus on respiratory biomechanics and soft tissue mechanical behaviour. Our work strives to inform and predict dynamic behaviour of soft tissues. Work also targets more fundamental study to inform on mechanics present under physiological conditions and common forms of disease.
Under impact and blast loading conditions soft tissues can be disrupted structurally and functionally. Our work aims to predict and characterise residual biomechanics and inform on the survivability from extreme traumatic injuries.
Some injuries are not survivable. Under these conditions developing armours, protection or other forms of mitigation strategy are required. We evaluate dynamic behaviour of protective structures. We target optimised solutions against a given blast or ballistic threat.
In addition to experimental evaluation of structural materials and biomaterials, our group develops computational models capturing deformation and damage characteristics during mechanical loading including blast and ballistic loading. Models take the form of finite element and computational fluid dynamics simulations to capture phenomena such as fluid-structure interaction and fracture.