Extreme Conditions Lab (ECL)
Sporting collisions, falls, interactions with machines (e.g. robots), road traffic accidents, conflicts, etc.; these are conditions that expose the human to forces that can cause temporary or permanent damage.
Here we study the interaction between human and environment in extreme conditions using high fidelity computational models and human surrogates. Using this knowledge, we take a Design Engineering approach to improve this interaction to better protect the human against short-term and long-term effects.
We collaborate with colleagues across a range of disciplines, including medicine, biomechanics and robotics, to ensure our work is fully informed by basic science and we work with industries and standardization bodies to ensure our work is fully translational and effective.
Centre for Blast Injury Studies
Traumatic brain injury: biomechanics
The focus of this interdisciplinary research is on understanding the effects of brain exposure to extreme conditions, including impact and blast. Our aim is to understand the relationship between head loading and the severity and pattern of brain injury. We collaborate with colleagues in Brain Sciences Division to develop computational models of traumatic brain injury in human and animals and to correlate their predictions with empirical neuroimaging and histopathology data.
Traumatic Brain injury: prevention
Design and testing of traumatic brain injury prevention strategies have not improved to keep up with the pace of improvement in our understanding of biomechanics of traumatic brain injury and advances in technology. To address this problem, we are developing new concepts, designs and test methods to eventually better protect the brain in extreme conditions.
Energy absorbing structures
New energy absorbing materials are essential for enhancing the design of protection equipment and environment. The focus of this work is on the design and development of lightweight materials and structures with promising energy absorption capacities for protection of the human in extreme conditions. We use materials, computer-aided engineering and design expertise to achieve our objectives.
Physical testing is an essential part of design and assessment of prevention strategies. We use computational and experimental approaches to understand exposure conditions in real-world and develop test methods that mimic these conditions. We have also engaged in the design of high fidelity human surrogates that are essential for the development of better test methods.
Dr Pertros Siegkas
Dr Pertros Siegkas