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Established in 1981, the Dynamic Photomechanics Laboratory (DPML) at the University of Rhode Island brings together those professionals and students who share an interest in the general area of Solid Mechanics. The main objective of the DPML is to conduct collaborative research and develop excellence in these fields.

  • Photoelastic Methods

  • Photoelastic Methods

  • Photoelastic Methods

  • Study of Novel Materials

  • Ultra-High FrameRate Ballistic Experiments

  • Shock Loading at High Temperatures

    The response of novel materials are being investigated under shock loading, even at high temperatures

  • High Pressure Underwater Experiment Facility

    Dynamic phenomena are being observed in hydrostatic pressures simulating sea depths of up to 2000 ft.

DPML Objectives:

  • To perform outstanding research, jointly carried out by faculty, researchers and students in the areas of:

Experimental Solid Mechanics
Shock Tube Loading Under Extremes of Temperatures
Underwater Implosion and Explosion
Fracture Mechanics
Wave Propagation
Blast Mitigation
Composite Materials
Nano and Functionally Graded Materials
Electro-mechanical Characterization
Optical Methods
Numerical Simulation

  • To promote collaboration with various universities and other research agencies
  • To promote industry-university partnership to foster technology transfer of the latest advances in the field of failure analysis
  • To teach and provide support for courses in solid mechanics

In addition, Optics and Laser Research Laboratory and Dynamic Material Testing Laboratory is incorporated to investigate various dynamic phenomena associated with materials.

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