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HEMI Seminar: Stefan Hiermaier (Ernst Mach Institut)

March 18, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Resilient Dynamics

An engineering design that provides safety and security, comfort for the customer, efficient use of energy and resources, lowest possible emissions and economical advantages is called sustainable. Ongoing research towards sustainable solutions in engineering design show that the ability of systems to recover from catastrophic, disruptive events is another essential component in the list of attributes a sustainable solution needs to contain. Urban infrastructure, future mobility and energy technologies are key elements of a living society. Disruptive processes as for example natural disasters, terroristic assassinations, technical failure or human error cause a dramatic drop in the performance of the system. Resilience of the system can be measured using the time integral of lost performance. The better a system has been designed to over such a disaster the shorter is the time to recover and the higher is its resilience.

The talk gives some introduction into current understanding of resilience in engineering systems and its quantitative measures. Specific attention is further drawn to ongoing research into materials and structures under dynamic and shock wave loading.

Seminar will be held in Malone Hall, G33/35.