The prediction of damage to structures caused by accidental collision – whether to automobiles, offshore installations or simply the packaging around an electrical appliance – is a crucial factor in their design. This important new study focuses on the way in which structures and materials can be designed to absorb kinetic energy in a controllable and predictable manner. An investigation into energy absorption requires an understanding of materials engineering, structural mechanics, the theory of plasticity and impact dynamics. Whilst a great deal of research has been undertaken on various aspects of these subjects, this knowledge is diffuse and widely scattered. Based on their extensive research and experience in the field, Guoxing Lu and Tongxi Yu have synthesised the most recent developments and latest research to form a detailed and comprehensive treatment of the subject.