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Dr Jack W Denny BEng(Hons), PhD, CEng MIMechE

EPSRC Doctoral Prize Research Fellow

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Dr Jack Denny is an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Research Fellow within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

He graduated in 2014 with a BEng degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton, achieving both the best exam performance and best undergraduate dissertation awards.

He completed his PhD in 2017 at the University of Southampton, researching the complex effects of blast loading on structures. In particular, his research investigated long-duration blast effects on steel column elements and examined the influence of column section orientation and prior deflection on loading and structural response through experimental testing and advanced numerical modelling (sponsored by EPSRC & AWE plc).

His PhD research involved:

In 2017, Jack was awarded funding through the EPSRC Doctoral Prize scheme to investigate primary blast injury mechanisms to lower-limb soft tissues in an allied but complementary area of blast injury biomechanics as part of an interdisciplinary, collaborative project. In partnership with Cranfield University, his proof-of-concept experimental work will include developing an instrumented surrogate model of the lower extremity to be subjected to shock tube blast loading. This work will investigate and assess diagnostic methods for quantifying blast load transfer and to examine underlying injury mechanisms. Improved understanding of fundamental blast injury mechanisms and modelling approaches is vital for future development of clinical injury treatment, rehabilitation and effective development of blast-resilient protective equipment.

Research interests

Jack is interested in blast wave interaction and relevant modelling approaches. A large conclusion of his research to date is that accurate characterisation of blast loading and fully-verified computational models are essential for predicting reliable structural-mechanical responses.

His research involves elements of computational modelling and experimental blast testing, and his interests include:

  • Blast effects on steel structural elements
  • Spatial and temporal characterisation of complex blast loading
  • Blast injury biomechanics and modelling techniques.
CFD Modelling
Shock Tube

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Bioengineering Science

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Dr Jack W Denny
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 5/2019

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