Date of release: Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dr OkerekeHow new technologies and designs of military vehicles are set to save the lives of soldiers in conflict zones will be the subject of a University of Greenwich public lecture on Wednesday 14 June.

Dr Michael Okereke, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering & Science, will describe how the latest research is changing the design of the undersides of military vehicles to counter the rapidly rising use of improvised explosive devises (IEDs).

New curved panels are being created to fit under the vehicles, such as jeeps and trucks, to increase their resilience to the increasing number of ground explosions they face in areas of conflict.

The panels, made of metals and plastics, will reduce the number of military and civilian fatalities as well as limiting damage to the vehicles. The panels' lightweight materials and design will not reduce the manoeuvrability or speed of the vehicles.

Dr Okereke and his team have been working on the new designs with Blast Absorption Systems Ltd, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, and Cranfield University (Defence and Security) to manufacture and test the new protective panels.

He says: "Next generation military vehicles must have adequate protection to resist these ground blasts. Explosive devices are rightly described as the soldiers' biggest enemy, and Action on Armed violence has recently reported a 70 per cent increase of these type of attacks on civilians in the past three years."

Dr Okereke is leading the computational modelling challenge to design the blast resistance panels.

The lecture, Keeping soldiers safe in the line of duty, will be held in the Ward Room, Pembroke Building, at the University of Greenwich's Medway Campus.

It starts at 6.30pm and will be followed by light refreshments. Places are free but limited. To register, call 020 8331 9800 or email:

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