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Lightweight Structures Dynamics

Group head:
David Varas Doval, Jorge López Puente
Group web:
Lightweight Structures Dynamics


The group Lightweight Structures Dynamics is composed by researchers from different specialities all focused on the behavior of structures in dynamic regime. Different experimental methodologies for conducting complex impact tests at high and medium speed have been developed. Likewise, the group has extensive experience in performing models for materials under high strain rates, and developing simple analytical models for modeling impact phenomena. Research projects with both public and private funding are carried out, having worked with major companies mainly in the aeronautics sector, such as Airbus, Aernnova, ITP, etc. are EADS ... In addition to this activity, the group disseminates its findings through research articles in various indexed journals, as well as scientific conferences, mainly international.

Lines of research

  • Behavior of metallic structures against impact.
  • Behavior of structures made of composite materials against impact.
  • Development of materials models at high strain rates.
  • Analysis of the behavior of ice under impact conditions.
  • Behavior of fuel tanks subjected to impact (HRAM).
  • Analysis of impact of composite fragments.
  • Identification and numerical and experimental characterization of compressible anisotropic plasticity in both quasi-static and dynamic regime.
  • Homogenization in elastic regime, for materials with anisotropic elasticity and microstructure.

Contact email:


  • Artero Guerrero, José Alfonso
  • Cuadrado Sanguino, Manuel
  • López Puente, Jorge
  • Mata Díaz, Alberto
  • Montoya Sancha, Andrés
  • Naya Montáns, Fernando
  • Pernas Sánchez, Jesús
  • Varas Doval, David
  • Vaz-Romero Santero, Álvaro
  • Zahr Viñuela, Jorge Alonso
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