Physics

Research

Materials and Structures

Polymer deformation

Research has concentrated on the development and use of a range of novel high strain rate test equipment which places the department among the most comprehensively equipped high strain rate test laboratories in the UK.

This equipment has been used to investigate the behaviour of polymers at high strain rates and has led to the discovery of unusual crystallisation phenomena at high rates and temperatures.

Internal stress measurement

The fundamental science behind the methods commonly used by engineers to measure residual stresses by means of neutron and X-ray diffraction are being investigated. The work casts doubt on the accuracy of the commonly used methods and points towards improved procedures which will lead to more accurate and reliable measurements.

Musical acoustics

Work in the area of psychophysics and the perception of sound questions the commonly accepted explanations on the perception of consonance and is particularly directed towards the sounds produced by bells and gongs.