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Professor Martin Braithwaite (Cambridge)


Martin Braithwaite is currently an Academic visitor to the LSC group at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. He obtained his professional qualifications from Imperial College (BSc (Eng), 1971) and a PhD in physical chemistry from Cambridge (1974). After undertaking postdoctoral research (UBC, Canada: USC, California: JILA, Colorado) he worked for ICI as a company research associate for 20 years covering aspects of explosives performance and process safety. He held the William Penney chair of chemical physics at Cranfield university (2000-2006) and has had visiting chairs at TU Delft (Chemical Technology), University of Queensland (Sustainable Minerals Institute) and Imperial College, London (Chemical Engineering). He has published widely on aspects of ideal and non-ideal detonation physics and chemical engineering safety and reaction kinetics and is author of over 50 papers on these and related topics.


Professor Sam Falle - SAEGF (Leeds)


Sam Falle is currently Professor of Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics at the University of Leeds, Department of Applied Mathematics. Most of his career has been spent working on hyperbolic systems of conservation laws, which are the equations that model the physics of compressible flow, non-linear elasticity, shallow water and many other phenomena. Since these equations are very difficult to solve analytically, much of his work has involved the development of numerical methods, in particular the development of an extremely general code which uses a hierarchical adaptive grid and modern upwind methods. This is able to solve pretty well any system of hyperbolic conservation laws very efficiently since the adaptive grid is able to resolve sharp features such as shocks, shear layers and reaction zones. The code is also able to multi-fluids and multi-phase flow. It has been implemented on distributed memory parallel machines using MPI. The generality of the code is demonstrated by the areas to which it has been applied, such as:

Astrophysical gas dynamics and magneto-gas dynamics (e.g. star formation, detonation waves in supernovae).
Detonation waves in industrial explosives.
Flames and detonation to deflagration transition in combustible mixtures.
Multi-phase flow of carbon dioxide. Microbial chemotaxis in groundwater.


Professor Daniel Johannson (Lulea)

Daniel JohanssonDaniel Johannson is Associate Professor at Luleå University of Technology. His research areas include development of a methodology to measure the curvature of the detonation front in the civil explosives in field. Investigating the work capacity of a civilian explosive, especially when explosive ice interacted with the rock ie coupled charges. The use of shockwave Interactions in rock blasting. Improved breakage and design of sub-level caving blasts; field tests and numerical modeling. Toxic fumes from blasting. Blast optimization for mining e understand and characterize blast effects on downstream operations. Investigating the effect of geological properties on blast damage on the surrounding rock.




Dr Louisa Michael (Cambridge)

 Louisa MichaelLouisa Michael is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Scientific Computing at the Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LabSC) at the Department of Physics (Cavendish Laboratory) at the University of Cambridge. Her academic background includes a BSc in Mathematics from Imperial College London (2007), Part III Mathematics (CASM), from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge (2012). She has worked for many years on algorithm (and code) development for the mathematical and numerical modelling of mining-related problems. Some include the sensitisiation of condensed-phase explosives by the inclusion of gas microballons in the body of the explosive and the detonation-driven compliant confinement of the rock. Her current work involves development of novel algorithms for multiscale, multimaterial, multiphase and multiphysics problems involving combustion of gaseous or condensed-phase explosives, their two-way interaction with elastoplastic systems with subsequent structural response, and the electromagnetic radiation emission from detonations. She has mostly worked on industry-related projects sponsored by ORICA, QinetiQ, Schlumberger, Jaguar LandRover (JLR), DSO National Lab and Boeing. In parallel, she is teaching at graduate level numerical methods for hyperbolic partial differential equations, at the University of Cambridge.



Dr Nikos Nikiforakis (Cambridge)

nikos.jpgNikos Nikiforakis is the Head of the Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LabSC) at the Department of Physics (Cavendish Laboratory) and the Director for Academic Programmes of the Centre for Scientific Computing at the University of Cambridge. The Lab develops, implements and applies advanced numerical algorithms and computational methodologies for the solution of problems arising from scientific, technology and engineering applications. Researchers at LabSC are primarily engaged with the design of algorithms for multiscale and multiphysics problems described by nonlinear, inhomogeneous systems of partial differential equations. The implementations of the algorithms take advantage of current and next-generation massively parallel computational architectures. The group has c. 40 staff, PDRAs, PhDs, MPhils, as well as a number of long-term academic and industrial visitors. Nikos is a Fellow, College Teaching Officer and Director of Studies in Mathematics at Selwyn College, Cambridge.


Professor Finn Ouchterlony - FO(Leoben)


Finn Ouchterlony is presently working at the dept of Mineral Resources and Petroleum Engineering at Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria. He was born 1943 and received his PhD in solid mechanics 1980 at the Royal Institute in Stockholm. His field of research includes fracture mechanics, rock fracture and fragmentation, rock blasting and blast damage. He has been head of Swedish blasting groups like the Swedish Detonic Research Foundation (SveDeFo) and the Swedish Blasting Research Centre (Swebrec) and professor of rock blasting at Luleå University of Technology. He has also been professor in rock blasting at the Yamaguchi University, Japan and at the Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL), Austria. In 2007 he received an honorary doctorate from the MUL. He reviews for Int J Rock Mech Mining Scis &  Rock Mechs Rock Engng and is a member of the international organizing committee of the International Symposia on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting.


Dr Bill Proud - WGP (Imperial College, London)

BILL.jpgBill Proud's 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. He is particularly interested in those materials which show a strongly non-linear behaviour in response, porous, granular, biological or composite. Bill have strong research links to the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies and currently chairs the IOP Group 'Shock Wave and Extreme Conditions'. His research areas tend to be described as 'multi-disciplinary' generally on the areas involving Physics, Chemistry, Bio-sensors and Materials Science.




Professor José Sanchidrián (Madrid)

jose.jpgMining Engineer, Ph.D. Explosives and blasting Chair Professor at the School of Mines, Technical University of Madrid. He served 7 years in the Spanish Army Corps of Engineers and 10 years in the explosives industry. Author of 4 books and more than 90 journal and conference  papers on explosives and blasting. His research topics are rock fragmentation, vibrations and explosion physics. President of the International Committee on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting (FRAGBLAST).