Wednesday 10 November 17:30 - 18:30

Virtual event/Lecture theatre 200, City and Guilds Building (dependent on ticket type)
Imperial College London


Joined up green transport: A light weight revolution in vehicle design

Science & Technology

Join Professor Bamber Blackman from the Department of Mechanical Engineering for his Imperial Inaugural.

The lecture is free to attend and open to all, but registration is required in advance.

Please note that in-person seating is offered on a first come first served basis. It is mandatory to register for a ticket if you would like to attend this event in-person. Unfortunately, we are unable to permit entry to those without a ticket on the evening.

If the main lecture theatre reaches capacity you will only be able to register for a virtual event ticket.

Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult.


It has been estimated that transportation generates 27% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions. And that figure is growing. From a design and engineering perspective there is a clear need to reduce the structural mass of our cars, aircraft and trains.

Advanced lightweight materials such as fibre reinforced composites, light metal alloys and polymers are increasingly employed in vehicle structures to reduce structural weight. However, a key challenge when selecting lightweight materials for structural components is the need to join them together. This can be achieved using adhesive bonding whereby the extra mass associated with other joining techniques is avoided. Adhesive bonding can be used to join a wide range of different materials allowing designers free rein to select light weight materials throughout their structures. The structural integrity of multi-material adhesively bonded components is a rapidly evolving field.

Bamber Blackman is a Professor in Mechanics of Materials and Structures at Imperial College London. His research supports the adoption of lightweight materials into engineering structures via adhesive bonding. In his inaugural lecture, he will discuss how fracture mechanics is used to assess the integrity of bonded joints over a wide range of anticipated operating conditions. He will describe the critical role played by the interface, and how this can be modified to optimise performance.


Bamber Blackman is Professor in Mechanics of Materials and Structures in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London where he leads the Adhesion & Adhesives research group. In this research, fracture and damage mechanics are routinely applied to understand performance and predict surface life of engineering components. He has managed via the relevant BSI and ISO committees the development of several standards for the measurement of fracture toughness of adhesively bonded and fibre-composite materials, e.g. ISO 25217 (2009) and ISO 15114 (2014). He is co-chairman of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS) Technical Committee-4 on Polymers, Composites and Adhesive where he also leads the structural adhesives activity. He sits on the Executive Committee of ESIS as secretary. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journals Engineering Fracture Mechanics, International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, and International Journal of Lightweight Materials and Manufacture. In 2009 he received an ‘Elsevier most cited author award’ in 2009 for an original research contribution on mode II fracture mechanics of adhesive joints. In 2014 he was awarded an ESIS Fellowship “for his outstanding contributions to the art, science, teaching and practice of fracture mechanics.” He is the author of over 100 refereed papers and book chapters in the area of structural adhesives and composites.

COVID-19 guidance

This event is being planned in-line with anticipated Government guidance at the time of the event. All College safety policies in place at the time will be followed. You can read about our current safety policies on the College website.

We are committed to delivering our events safely and responsibly and in order to do so, elements of the event may need to change to adhere to any updated Government or College guidance.

This may include the use of face coverings, a reduction in guests at the in-person event and some adjustments to the schedule of the evening. We will keep guests fully up to date with any changes and further details about our plans as we move towards the event.

We also request that if you test positive for COVID within 14 days after the event please do let us know as soon as possible so that we are able to notify other attendees for contact tracing purposes.


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