Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Reader in the Mechanics of Materials



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Bamber is a Reader in the Mechanics of Materials in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London.  His research interests include the fracture mechanics of structural adhesive joints and polymeric fibre-reinforced composite materials, including effects of mode-mix, test rate, service environment and structure-property relationships.  He chaired the Structural Technology and Materials Group (STMG) of the IMechE (2008-2010) and is secretary to the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) Technical Committee TC4 on Polymers, Adhesives and Composites where he also leads the structural adhesives activities. From 2006-8 he chaired the Structural Adhesives Division of the Adhesion Society.  He was awarded the Rolls-Royce prize in December 2001 and has published over 50 refereed research papers and book contributions and has presented his research widely at international conferences. He has served as Guest Editor to the International journal, Engineering Fracture Mechanics on three occasions.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Blackman BRK, Hoult TR, Patel Y, et al., 2013, Tool sharpness as a factor in machining tests to determine toughness, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol:101, ISSN:0013-7944, Pages:47-58

Blackman BRK, Kinloch AJ, Sanchez FSR, et al., 2009, The fracture behaviour of structural adhesives under high rates of testing, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol:76, ISSN:0013-7944, Pages:2868-2889

Patel Y, Blackman BRK, Williams JG, 2009, Determining fracture toughness from cutting tests on polymers, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol:76, ISSN:0013-7944, Pages:2711-2730

Blackman BRK, Johnsen BB, Kinloch AJ, et al., 2008, The effects of pre-bond moisture on the fracture behaviour of adhesively-bonded composite joints, Journal of Adhesion, Vol:84, ISSN:0021-8464, Pages:256-276

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