IMPACT ENGINEERING: FUNDAMENTALS, EXPERIMENTS, NONLINEAR FINITE ELEMENTS covers the fundamental aspects of Structural Impact.

Each chapter presents theoretical, numerical and experimental aspects of the subject at hand. The analyses deal with small and large displacements, linear and nonlinear elastic material behavior as well as viscoplasticity, applied to beams, plates and shells.

The basic features of simple and advanced structural impact is introduced in a clear fashion, including also vibration, Fourier signal analysis, image recording, strain gauging and dynamic material characterization.

The book is divided in the following ten chapters:

• Introduction
• Rigid body impact analysis
• Uniaxial impact and elastic wave propagation
• Transverse elastic impact and vibrations
• Viscoplastic impact on beams
• Impact on shells and plastic waves
• Material behavior and failure
• Nonlinear finite elements
• Scaling
• Application

They are all populated with over 400 figures and pictures plus some problems offered to the reader, including questions on ethical aspects of this engineering field.

It is hoped that the book can be studied and explored both by students and practicing engineers.