Jul 18, 2016 | No Comments | By Michelle Pagano
Congratulations to HEMI faculty member Dr. Sung Hoon Kang on being showcased in the summer 2016 issue of JHU Engineering magazine for his creation of an architected rubber block that sits completely motionless when dropped, independently of load rate.
This new class of materials, Kang explains, offers an “energy-trapping mechanism [that] is reversible and repeatable.” The applications for energy-absorbing materials range from protecting passengers in a car crash to making better safety helmets.
Dr. Kang is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and studies materials and structures with complex behaviors. He works on developing materials through rational design and rapid prototyping using a 3D printer. Watch the video below to see Dr. Kang’s block (left) used to protect a fragile object.
Sung Hoon Kang’s research on architected energy absorbing materials was recently featured in Johns Hopkins Engineering Magazine’s Summer 2016 issue under the “Impact” section. Read the full article here.