The John Rinehart Award

TMS Sponsored Events in DBM:

–  1973-Metallurgical Effects at High-Strain Rates- R. Rohde et al. Albequerque,TMS.
–  1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, EXPLOMET.
–  1994, 1998, 2003, 2007, Dynamic Behavior of materials, TMS Annual Meetings.
–  2009, 2012, 2015, 2018: DYMAT International Conference.



This award was established to recognize outstanding effort and creative work in the science and technology of dynamic processes in materials and related applications. This encompasses the processes by which materials are welded, formed, compacted, and synthesized, as well as dynamic deformation, fracture, and the extreme shock loading effects. The award
is named after a true pioneer who witnessed and actively contributed to the field for over forty years.
This award has been given every five years, at the occasion of the EXPLOMET conferences. The selection of the
first two awards, announced in August 1990, was made by a committee composed of the EXPLOMET chairmen and
Dr. J. S. Rinehart. In subsequent years, the awardees chaired the committee for future awards.
A permanent committee is in such a way was established to select the nominees. In selecting the individuals, special attention has been given to the balance between fundamental science and technological implementation.

Since 2009, DYMAT is the Custodian of the Award.
DYMAT 2009 was the first DYMAT conference where the DYMAT John Rinehart Award was attributed to experienced persons.

Now every three years, a special jury, composed of the members of the DYMAT International Advisory Committee and members of the DYMAT Governing Board, vote and select two winners.

Dr. John Rinehart

John Rinehart
    –  The award is named after a true pioneer: Dr. John Rinehart.
    –  Actively contributed to the field for over 40 years.
    –  His work culminated in over 130 scientific and technical articles:
    –  Behavior of Metals Under Impulsive Loads
    –  Explosive Working of Metals (with John Pearson)
    –  Stress Transients in Solids

John S. Rinehart has not only witnessed, but actively taken part in the development of the field of dynamic deformation. He has dedicated his life to the study of stress waves in solids; the results of these investigations have been published in over 130 technical articles and three books, two of them co-authored by John Pearson. Behavior of Metals Under Impulsive Loads, Explosive Working of Metals and Stress Transients in Solids, have been the vade mecum of all scientists and engineers throughout the world working in the field. The simple, no nonsense, yet fundamentally correct approach used by Dr. Rinehart combines the rigorousness of the physicist with the practicality of the engineer. His fifty-year career has been divided between government and university, and he has frequently served as a consultant to industry. He has occupied many positions of high responsibility throughout his career. Director of Research and Development for the U. S. coast and Geodetic Survey, Director of the Mining Research Laboratory of the Colorado School of Mines, which he founded, Assistant Director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Head of the Mechanics Branch at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado. Dr. Rinehart was associated with Dr. E. J. Workman's Ordnance Research Group before this activity became a division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in the early 1950s.

Dr. Rinehart with the first recipients of the award.




TMS 2007

DYMAT 2015


DYMAT 2009

DYMAT 2018


DYMAT 2012