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.




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


Nguyen TT, Carpanen D, Tear G, et al., Fragment Penetrating Injury to the tibia, Personal Armour Systems Symposia 2018

Butler BJ, Williams A, Tucker AW, et al., 2018, Comparative quasi-static mechanical characterization of fresh and stored porcine trachea specimens, 12th International Conference of the European-Association-for-the-Promotion-of-Research-into-the-Dynamic-Behaviour-of-Materials-and-its-Applications (DYMAT-Association), SPRINGER HEIDELBERG, Pages:55-60, ISSN:1951-6355

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