Making buildings and structures safer in the event of a terrorist attack is key to national security. Scientists from the University of Bath, UK, explore how to predict the behaviour of reinforced concrete columns that are strengthened with fibre-reinforced polymers.
Ultra-high performance concrete improves structural integrity under extreme loads. Dr Christoph Mayrhofer and Oliver Millon from the Fraunhofer-Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, Freiburg, Germany, report.
Modern personal protective combat clothing has evolved through impact simulation, and improved material strength and behaviour. Professor Ian Horsfall and Dr Debra Carr at the Impact and Armour Group at Cranfield University outline the developments and challenges.