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, Rankin I, et al., 2020, Mapping the risk of fracture of the tibia from penetrating fragments, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Vol:8, ISSN:2296-4185, Pages:1-11

Felten M, Fries M, Pullen A, et al., 2020, Investigation of Strain-Rate Effects in Ni/PU Hybrid Foams under Low-Impact Velocities, Advanced Engineering Materials, Vol:22, ISSN:1438-1656

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


Proud WG, O'Brien S, Wilson MA, 2020, Elicitation of knowledge from a defence expert, ISSN:1742-6588

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