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7 September 2006 PR 06/100

Crash protection seminar attracts world experts to Loughborough University

World experts will meet at Loughborough University this month to discuss the latest advancements in impact and crash protection for planes and motor vehicles.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) one-day seminar, being held on September 14, has been organised by the University’s Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering.

Entitled ‘Design for Impact and Crashworthiness in Aerospace and Automotive Vehicle Structures’, the event will bring together leading experts to share their knowledge and identify the most up-to-date technological developments in this area.

Joseph Loughlan is Professor of Aerospace Structures at Loughborough University and Vice Chairman of the Aerospace Materials and Structures Technical Activity Committee of the Aerospace Industries Division of the IMechE. Speaking about the seminar he said: “In recent years a considerable amount of research and development has been carried out on the safety and crashworthiness capabilities of aircraft and automotive vehicle structures. Advances have been made in our understanding of the energy absorption characteristics of different materials and structural configurations, the general improvement of passenger safety, the provision of structural integrity and in improved numerical simulation tools for low and high velocity impact.

“This seminar brings together experts in the field to ascertain the state-of-the-art in crashworthiness technology and to assess the recent advances and indicated future trends in research activity.”

Anyone wishing to attend this prestigious event should contact Rachel Croshaw by calling 0207 9731291 or emailing r_croshaw@imeche.org.uk

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Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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