Imperial College London

Dr William G Proud

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Shock Physics



+44 (0)20 7594 5898w.proud




727Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





My main research interest is into high strain rate properties of a wide range of materials, both inert and energetic. To do this a number of techniques are used: Drop-weight, Hopkinson Bar, Taylor Impact, Plate Impact. The development of novel high-speed diagnostics and analysis methods is a long-term area. I am particularly interested in those materials which show a strongly non-linear behaviour in response, porous, granular, biological or composite.

I have strong research links to the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies and currently chair the IOP Group 'Shock Wave and Extreme Conditions'.

My research areas tend to be described as 'multi-disciplinary' generally on the areas involving Physics, Chemistry, Bio-sensors and Materials Science.




Sory DR, Amin HD, Chapman D, et al., 2020, Replicating landmine blast loading in cellular <i>in Vitro</i> models, Physical Biology, Vol:17, ISSN:1478-3967

Nguyen TT, Carpanen D, Stinner D, et al., 2020, The risk of fracture to the tibia from a fragment simulating projectile, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Vol:102, ISSN:1751-6161

Pissarenko A, Yang W, Quan H, et al., 2019, Tensile behavior and structural characterization of pig dermis, Acta Biomaterialia, Vol:86, ISSN:1742-7061, Pages:77-95

Nguyen T-T, Pearce AP, Carpanen D, et al., 2019, Experimental platforms to study blast injury, Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Vol:165, ISSN:2052-0468, Pages:33-37

Magnus D, Khan MA, Proud WG, 2018, Epidemiology of civilian blast injuries inflicted by terrorist bombings from 1970-2016, Defence Technology, Vol:14, ISSN:2214-9147, Pages:469-476

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