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DYMAT Winter School 2020 – Les Houches, France

École de Physique des Houches – February 9–14, 2020

Experimental Testing & Modeling of Materials at High Strain-Rates

The dynamic behavior of materials is present through a large number of applications such as impact loadings, blasting and detonation, modern production processing, brittle failure of solids and structures. In such cases the material behavior is no longer quasi-static and the dynamic behavior of the materials needs to be properly accounted for. Also, constitutive models used in numerical simulations require an identification of the material behavior on an appropriate range of loading-rate. Experimental testing methods are also developed to analyze the damage mechanisms and the deformation modes in view of improving the prediction capabilities of numerical tools.

This winter school aims at gathering PhD students as well as senior researchers studying experimentally, developing models and numerical approaches to improve the knowledge in the area of the material behavior under dynamic loading.


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DYMAT Winter School 2020 Themes & Lectures

Focus will be on the following themes:

Dynamic Testing of Materials
Hopkinson Pressure Bar, Impact Test, Plate Impact, Drop Tower, Shock Tube & High-Speed Jack

Damage & Failure at High Strain-Rates
Micro-Plasticity, Tensile Damage, Shear Failure, Multiple Fragmentation, Pore Collapse & Crushing

Modeling & Numerical Methods
Constitutive Laws, Finite-Element Methods, Discrete-Element Methods, SPH & Linear/Non-Linear Fracture Mechanics

Crashworthiness, Terminal Ballistics, Blast, Natural Risks, Machining & Industrial Processes


Presentations & Lectures:

• 32 Oral presentations (30 minutes each, including discussion)

• 5 Lectures (1.5 hours each) in the following themes:

– Experimental Methods & Measurement Techniques at High Strain-Rates

– Impact & Shock Physics

– Plasticity & Failure in Ductile Materials

– Modeling & Numerical Methods

– Dynamic Fragmentation in Brittle Solids


Committees & Sponsors

Organizing Committee: Pr. Pascal Forquin and the ExperDYN team (3SR Laboratory/University Grenoble Alpes)

Steering Committee: The DYMAT Governing board


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Scandiflash is the worldwide leading supplier of Flash X-ray solutions for ballistics, hypervelocity impact testing, detonics (ordnance velocity & explosives research) and more –designed to produce radiographs of the highest possible quality for research and development in a variety of industries.


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About Les Houches

Les Houches is a village located in Chamonix valley, in the French Alps. Established in 1951, the Physics School is situated at 1,150 m above sea level in natural surroundings, with breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc mountain range. 

Les Houches Physics School is UMS 2002 run by Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA). The five schools in partnership are UGA, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA), the Institut National Polytechnique (Grenoble-INP), and the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS de Lyon). 

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École de Physique des Houches
149 Chemin de la Côte
F-74310 Les Houches, France


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