Impact (Application of the Principle of Linear Momentum)

Friday, March 24, 2017

2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.

305 Patton Hall

Dr. Sevak Tahmasian
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Western New England University


Impact occurs when two bodies collide during a very short interval of time. Impact causes relatively large forces (impulse) to be exerted between the bodies. In particle kinetics, impact is one of the applications of the principle of linear momentum. In this presentation, after defining impact, different types of impact and the related equations will be discussed.


Sevak received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology in 1998 and 2001, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech in May 2015. Currently he is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Western New England University. His research area includes dynamical systems and control theory.