Dr Sam Rigby

Lecturer in Blast and Impact EngineeringSam Rigby

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering,
Sir Frederick Mappin Building,
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5724

Email: sam.rigby@sheffield.ac.uk

Research Group: Blast and Impact Dynamics

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sheffield, 2014
  • MEng, Civil & Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, 2010

Profile

Sam graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2010 with a first-class honours degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, having completed an EPSRC funded research project in the summer before his final year. Sam began his PhD research shortly after graduating, with an interest in the field of Blast Loading on Structures, in particular quantifying the load acting on finite-sized targets and evaluating dynamic response to such loads. In the winter of 2011/12, Sam took a 4 month leave of absence to work as a research assistant at university spin-out company Blastech Ltd., overseeing various high strain rate dynamic experimental tests.

Sam began his post as a Research Associate in April 2014, as part of the EPSRC funded project 'Understanding the role of soil in subsurface explosive events' under supervision from Dr Sam Clarke, and was awarded his PhD shortly afterwards.

He became a Lecturer in Blast and Impact Engineering in January 2016 and currently serves as Outreach and Widening Participation Tutor in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering.

Recent activities and achievements

  • Referee for International Journal of Protective Structures, Engineering Structures and Applied Mathematical Modelling. 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

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Theses / Dissertations

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