Explosions often make headlines because they cause devastating damage and loss of life. Professor Langdon’s work seeks to save lives through improved protection and the reduction of the environmental impact of blast-protection systems. She will talk about the reality of explosions, the different types of explosions that happen and the ways that we can protect against their devastating effects.
Professor Langdon will describe some of the protection options available and how they work. She will also discuss some recent projects at UCT that seek to understand the response of materials and structures to explosion loading by measuring what happens during an explosion.
Professor Langdon is the recipient of the Southern African Association for the Advancement of Science (S2A3) silver medal for outstanding research by a person under 40 years old. She also holds a C1 National Research Foundation rating and has co-authored more than 60 journal papers, in addition to numerous conference papers and book chapters. She is currently the secretary of the International Impact Engineering Society and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Impact Engineering. In 2011 she was a founder member of the South African Young Academy of Science, where she pursued outreach to the next generation of science learners.