DYMAT 2015


Carlo Albertini
Winner of the DYMAT 2015 John Rinehart Award

Carlo Albertini born in Parma (Italy) where he studied Physics at the University of Parma. Since 1963 he was researcher at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. He developed a precision impact testing laboratory based on the modification of the Hopkinson bar technique for the measurement of the mechanical properties at high strain rate of as-received and irradiated nuclear reactor materials. The laboratory consisted of unique uniaxial and biaxial hydro-pneumatic and Hopkinson bar devices including the largest Hopkinson bar in the world (5MN loading capacity, 1.5 m displacement, 35 m/s speed, 200 m length). He was project leader of the JRC programme of reference impact testing on automotive materials and structures. He was the founder of Dynalab, a spin-off company of JRC, authorized by the European Commission, with the aim of JRC technology transfer in the field of precision impact testing to industrial and academic laboratories. He was responsible of the creation and activation of material impact testing laboratories at: Arcelor (France), University of Trondheim (Norway), Impact Engineering Laboratory (Japan), Tianjin University (China), SUPSI (Switzerland), FIAT (Italy). His scientific activity is illustrated in more than hundred papers published in scientific Journals and in the proceedings of specialized international conferences. 17 European and worldwide patents had Albertini as co-inventor mainly showing his innovation capability in this field.

Ron Armstrong
Winner of the DYMAT 2015 John Rinehart Award

Ron Armstrong is emeritus professor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Center for Energetic Concepts Development; see www.cecd.umd.edu. He was educated at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1952-5, and Carnegie Institute of Technology, CarnegieMellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1955-8. Previous employment was at Westinghouse Research Laboratories, Monroeville, PA, and Brown University, Providence, RI. Numerous visiting research positions have been with industrial and government laboratories in the United States and overseas. Principal research activities with students and colleagues have included: (1) studies of polycrystalline material strength properties, most notably with N.J. Petch, Leeds University and University of Strathclyde, UK; (2) microstructural aspects of fracture mechanics properties, with G.R. Irwin, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and University of Maryland; (3) crystal perfection and initiation of detonation in energetic materials, with W.L. Elban, U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center and Loyola University Maryland; and (4) development of constitutive relations for material dynamics calculations, with F.J. Zerilli, U.S. Naval Weapons Center, White Oak Laboratory and Indian Head Division, MD.