Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Professor in Mechanics of Materials and Structures



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Bamber is Professor in the Mechanics of Materials and Structures in the Department of Mechanical Engineering where he leads the Adhesion & Adhesives research group. 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. His research includes the study of adhesion related phenomena including surface pre-treatment prior to adhesive bonding, the quantification of surface modification, and the long-term durability of joints.  His research includes the combination of mechanical and adhesive joining techniques in hybrid systems where, for example, sculpted metals surfaces are designed to join efficiently to polymer-based fibre composites.   In this research, fracture and damage mechanics are routinely applied to understand performance and predict surface life.   He has managed via the relevant BSI and ISO committees the development of several standards for the measurement of fracture toughness of adhesively bonded and fibre-composite materials, e.g. ISO 25217 (2009) and ISO 15114 (2014). 

He is co-chairman of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) Technical Committee-4 on Polymers, Composites and Adhesives where he also leads the structural adhesives activity. He sits on the Executive Committee of ESIS as secretary. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journals Engineering Fracture Mechanics, International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, and International Journal of Lightweight Materials and Manufacture.   He has served as Guest Editor to Engineering Fracture Mechanics on four occasions. From 2006-8 he chaired the Structural Adhesives Division of the Adhesion Society (USA).  From 2008-2010 he chaired the Structural Technology and Materials Group (STMG) of the IMechE (UK).

In 2009 he received an ‘Elsevier most cited author award’ in 2009 for an original research contribution on mode II fracture mechanics of adhesive joints.  In 2014 he was awarded an ESIS Fellowship “for his outstanding contributions to the art, science, teaching and practice of fracture mechanics.” He is the author of over 100 refereed papers and book chapters in the area of structural adhesives and composites and has presented his research to a wide international arena.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Domun N, Kaboglu C, Paton KR, et al., 2019, Ballistic impact behaviour of glass fibre reinforced polymer composite with 1D/2D nanomodified epoxy matrices, Composites Part B - Engineering, Vol:167, ISSN:1359-8368, Pages:497-506

Toolabi M, Blackman BRK, 2018, Guidelines for selecting the dimensions of adhesively bonded end-loaded split joints: An approach based on numerical cohesive zone length, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol:203, ISSN:0013-7944, Pages:250-265

Kaboglu C, Yu L, Mohagheghian I, et al., 2018, Effects of the core density on the quasi-static flexural and ballistic performance of fibre-composite skin/foam-core sandwich structures, Journal of Materials Science, Vol:53, ISSN:0022-2461, Pages:16393-16414

Xiong W, Wang X, Dear JP, et al., 2017, The effect of protrusion density on composite-metal joints with surfi-sculpt reinforcement, Composite Structures, Vol:180, ISSN:1879-1085, Pages:457-466

Kamaludin MA, Patel Y, Williams JG, et al., 2017, A fracture mechanics approach to characterising the environmental stress cracking behaviour of thermoplastics, Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, Vol:92, ISSN:0167-8442, Pages:373-380

Jia L, Yu L, Zhang K, et al., 2016, Combined modelling and experimental studies of failure in thick laminates under out of plane shear, Composites Part B - Engineering, Vol:105, ISSN:1359-8368, Pages:8-22

Blackman BRK, Steininger H, Williams JG, et al., 2016, The fatigue behaviour of ZnO nano-particle modified thermoplastics, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:122, ISSN:0266-3538, Pages:10-17

Wang X, Ahn J, Kaboglu C, et al., 2015, Characterisation of composite-titanium alloy hybrid joints using digital image correlation, Composite Structures, Vol:140, ISSN:0263-8223, Pages:702-711

Blackman BRK, Hoult T, Patel Y, et al., 2015, Steady-state scratch testing of polymers, Polymer Testing, Vol:49, ISSN:0142-9418, Pages:38-45

Del Linz P, Hooper PA, Arora H, et al., 2015, Reaction forces of laminated glass windows subject to blast loads, Composite Structures, Vol:131, ISSN:1879-1085, Pages:193-206

Zuo K, Blackman BRK, Williams JG, et al., 2015, The mechanical behaviour of ZnO nano-particle modified styrene acrylonitrile copolymers, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:113, ISSN:0266-3538, Pages:9-18

Blackman BRK, Guild FJ, 2013, Forced air plasma treatment for enhanced adhesion of polypropylene and polyethylene, Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, Vol:27, ISSN:0169-4243, Pages:2714-2726

Alvarez D, Blackman BRK, Guild FJ, et al., 2013, Mode I fracture in adhesively-bonded joints: A mesh-size independent modelling approach using cohesive elements, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol:115, ISSN:1873-7315, Pages:73-95

Blackman BRK, Cui S, Kinloch AJ, et al., 2013, The development of a novel test method to assess the durability of asphalt road-pavement materials, International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, Vol:42, ISSN:0143-7496, Pages:1-10

Blackman BRK, Hoult TR, Patel Y, et al., 2012, Tool sharpness as a factor in machining tests to determine toughness, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol:101, ISSN:0013-7944, Pages:47-58

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, 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

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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