Dr Sam Rigby

MEng, PhD

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Senior Lecturer in Blast and Impact Engineering

CIV Sam Rigby
sam.rigby@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5724

Full contact details

Dr Sam Rigby
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Room D102
Sir Frederick Mappin Building (Broad Lane Building)
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
Profile

My work in blast and impact engineering helps to protect people, buildings and vehicles from explosions.

Dr Sam Rigby


Dr Sam Rigby completed his MEng and PhD in our Department in 2010 and 2014 respectively. He took up his position as a lecturer in Blast & Impact Engineering in 2016.

Sam’s research centres on blast and impact engineering, with a focus on protecting people, buildings and vehicles from explosions. This branch of structural engineering explores what happens to materials when they are subjected to extreme loading from explosions.

Sam’s work on the quantification of blast loading in extreme environments, such as buried explosives, or explosives located very close to a target structure, enables a better understanding of near-field explosions and their effects.

This research can help to save lives by improving the design of protection systems, ranging from applications in war zones to anti-terrorism legislation.

Sam has strong links with numerical modelling experts and industry practitioners in the UK and abroad, and is particularly focused on developing approximate engineering tools for rapid quantification of blast effects.

In January 2017, Dr Rigby spent a 3 ½ month sabbatical at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, working with the world-renowned Blast Impact and Survivability Research Unit.


Research Themes

Digital

Hazards

Infrastructure

Materials

Research interests

Sam’s particular area of research focuses on the impact of blast waves on buildings and how they influence loadings on structures.

Traditional far-field engineering models cannot be used for this work as they are not suitable to apply to explosions in urban areas, where there are many complex interactions.

Consequently, much of his work consists of numerical modelling, supported by experimental testing at our Buxton site.

Sam’s research highlights the fact that traditional impact protection methods need improvement, and his work is now aimed at developing safer and more efficient designs.

Publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Rigby S, Tyas A, Curry R & Langdon G (2019) The response of plates under non-uniform impulsive loads. Proceedings of the 2019 Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics. Greenwich, London, UK, 9 September 2019 - 10 September 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rigby SE, Tyas A, Curry RJ & Langdon GS (2019) Near-field blast loading and transient target response: A collaboration between Sheffield and Cape Town (pp 749-754) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rigby SE, Fuller B & Tyas A (2018) Validation of Near-Field Blast Loading in LS-DYNA. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Protective Structures. Poznan, Poland, 20 August 2018 - 23 August 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Langran-Wheeler C, Tyas A, Rigby SE, Stephens CS, Clarke S & Warren J (2017) Characterisation of reflected blast loads in the very near-field from non-spherical explosive charges. Proceedings of The 17th International Symposium on the Interaction of the Effects of Munitions with Structures (17th ISIEMS). Bad Neuenahr, Germany, 16 October 2017 - 20 October 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rigby SE, Curry RJ, Langdon GS & Tyas A (2017) Initial velocity and impulse distribution of blast loaded plates. Proceedings of The 17th International Symposium on the Interaction of the Effects of Munitions with Structures (17th ISIEMS). Bad Neuenahr, Germany, 16 October 2017 - 20 October 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rigby SE, Chaudhary N, Bogosian D, Payne T & Tyas A (2017) Large-scale validation of Hudson clearing predictions. Proceedings of The 17th International Symposium on the Interaction of the Effects of Munitions with Structures (17th ISIEMS). Bad Neuenahr, Germany, 16 October 2017 - 20 October 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Schwer L & Rigby SE (2017) Reflected Secondary Shocks: Some Observations using Afterburning. Proceedings of the 11th European LS-DYNA Conference. Salzburg, Austria, 9 May 2017 - 11 May 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Clarke SD, Fay SD, Rigby SE, Tyas A, Warren JA, Reay JJ, Fuller B, Pope DJ, Gant M & Elgy I (2015) Finite element simulation of plates under non-uniform blast loads using a point-load method: Buried explosives. 11th International Conference on Shock & Impact Loads on Structures. Ottawa, Canada, 14 May 2015 - 15 May 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rigby SE, Tyas A, Fay SD, Reay JJ, Clarke SD & Warren JA (2015) Finite element simulation of plates under non-uniform blast loads using a point-load method: Blast wave clearing. 11th International Conference on Shock & Impact Loads on Structures. Ottawa, Canada, 14 May 2015 - 15 May 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rigby SE, Tyas A, Fay SD, Clarke SD & Warren JA (2014) Validation of Semi-Empirical Blast Pressure Predictions for Far Field Explosions - Is There Inherent Variability in Blast Wave Parameters?. 6th International Conference on Protection of Structures against Hazards. Tianjin, China, 16 October 2014 - 17 October 2014. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rigby SE, Tyas A, Clarke SD, Fay SD, Warren JA, Elgy I & Gant M (2014) Testing Apparatus for the Spatial and Temporal Pressure Measurements from Near-Field Free Air Explosions. 6th International Conference on Protection of Structures against Hazards. Tianjin, China, 16 October 2014 - 17 October 2014. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Clarke SD, Fay SD, Tyas A, Warren J, Rigby SE, Elgy I & Livesey R (2014) Repeatability of Buried Charge Testing. Military Aspects of Blast and Shock 23. Oxford, UK, 7 September 2014 - 12 September 2014. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fay SD, Clarke SD, Tyas A, Warren J, Rigby SE, Bennett T, Elgy I & Gant M (2014) Measuring the Spatial and Temporal Pressure Variation from Buried Charges. Military Aspects of Blast and Shock 23. Oxford, UK, 7 September 2014 - 12 September 2014. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Rigby SE (2014) Blast Wave Clearing Effects on Finite-Sized Targets Subjected to Explosive Loads. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Blast & Impact

Grants

Mechanisms & Characterisation of Explosions

The overall aim of MaCE is to develop a comprehensive conceptual model of blast loading which will serve to underpin accurate predictive models for protection engineers.

Professional activities
  • Referee for International Journal of Protective Structures, Engineering Structures, International Journal of Impact Engineering, and Shock Waves.
  • Guest Editor for special edition on blast load characterisation in International Journal of Protective Structures
  • Member of The International Association of Protective Structures
  • Member of The Institute of Explosives Engineers
Potential PhD offerings

Predicting The Impulse From Buried Charges

It is well known by terrorists around the world that the process of burying an explosive device acts to direct and enhance the destructive capability of the device. Over the last decade thousands of tests have been conducted in various soil types to attempt to try to better understand this problem.