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Power Systems Engineering
Recent trends in design of civil, mechanical and defence structures have moved towards using high-strength, yet lightweight, alternatives to reduce weight without compromising on cost, performance or safety. Innovative lightweight materials and lightweight construction technologies are finding applications in transportation, buildings and construction, body armour and protection systems, mechanical components, sports and leisure goods, and packaging. This is typically achieved through a reduction in mass of the material used or the reduction in the weight of the final structure by employing novel design techniques or combinations of lightweight materials and/or hollow or sandwich structures. The need to balance reduced material mass with structural integrity to achieve optimum lightweight structures with desired mechanical properties under diverse loading conditions, imperfections (geometrical and material nonlinearity) and feasible deformation and response modes poses new and unique sets of challenges for researchers involved in structural integrity research.