Armour: Materials, Theory, and Design | Intermediate

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Building off the one-day course of the same name, this three-day online course provides participants with an analysis of the science behind the materials, systems and strategies that are used to provide protection against military and terrorist threats. The course will begin with an overview of the common threats facing personnel; it will then provide an analysis of the various technological approaches and materials that are often used to provide protection. The theory and science behind typical armoured protection solutions will also be discussed as well as blast and ballistic testing methodologies.

Presenter

PROFESSOR PAUL HAZELL

Paul has over 20 years of experience studying the impact behaviour of materials. In 2012 he moved to Canberra, Australia from the UK to take up the post of Professor of Impact Dynamics at UNSW Canberra. Before taking this position he was Head of the Centre for Ordnance Science and Technology at Cranfield University’s Shrivenham campus (at the UK Defence Academy). He has published extensively, appeared in several documentaries and presented his research work at numerous symposia. He has published two books on protection technologies with the most recent called ‘ARMOUR: Materials, Theory, and Design’ (CRC Press, 2015). 

Course Information

MODULE 1: Introduction to protection and materials

Recommended prerequisite: None

Part 1: Introduction to Protection

An introduction to armour concepts | The survivability onion | What affects armour performance? | Obliquity |Strength of materials | Whittaker’s approach | Structural vs appliqué | Homogeneous vs laminate | Passive vs reactive vs active | Spacing.

Part 2: Introduction to Armour Materials

How are materials used in armour construction | The structure of materials | The mechanics of material behaviour | An introduction to material properties and testing techniques | Dynamic behaviour.

MODULE 2: Threats 1

Recommended prerequisite: None

Guns including small arms | Ammunition concepts | Armour-Piercing Discarding-Sabot (APDS) rounds | Armour-Piercing Fin-Stabilised Discarding-Sabot (APFSDS) rounds | Shaped charge | A discussion on ammunition construction and performance | Explosively formed projectiles.

MODULE 3: Threats 2

Recommended prerequisite: Module 2

Explosive threats

Introduction to explosives | Detonation | Mechanics of blast | Materials and solutions | Fragmentation effects | Mott’s fragmentation theory | Gurney theory | Calculating the fragment size, velocity and penetration | Drag characteristics | An introduction to bunker busters | Mines.

MODULE 4: Penetration mechanisms

Recommended prerequisite: Module 1 and Module 2

Ballistic failure mechanisms | Low-velocity impact | de Marre theory | Recht penetration theory | High-velocity impact | Hydrodynamic penetration theory | Examples.

MODULE 5: Armour materials I

Recommended prerequisites: Module 1, Module 2 and Module 4

Part 1: Ceramics

Structure of armour ceramics |Processing of ceramics | Properties of ceramic |Early studies on ceramic armour | Cone formation |High-velocity impact | Studies on the subject of dwell |Shock studies in ceramic materials | Modelling ceramic impact | Current application and challenges | Comparing with other materials | Improving performance | Transparent armour materials.

Part 2: Woven Fabrics and Composite Laminates

Basics | Manufacturing processes of composite laminates | Fibrous materials for armour Applications | Spall shields| Sandwich constructions.

MODULE 6: Armour materials II

Recommended prerequisites: Module 1, Module 2, Module 4 and Module 5

Metallic armour materials and structures | Properties and processing of metallic armour | Metallic armour materials| Welding |Sandwich structures | Micro-lattice structures | Metallic foams | Dynamic failure mechanisms.

Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.