Armour: Materials, Theory, and Design | Intermediate
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.
Attendees will receive a comprehensive set of notes covering the lecture content.
Duration: 3 days
Delivery mode: Online
Masters Credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved professional education short courses to use those courses as credit in eligible postgraduate programs.
What you will receive:
- Compresehensive set of course notes
- UNSW Canberra certificate of attendance or completion
- Masters Credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved professional education courses to use those courses as credit in eligible postgraduate programs. For more information on postgraduate credit please visit our postgraduate credit and micro-credential page.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Anyone requiring an introduction to protection technologies including (and not limited to): managers; police; design engineers; civil engineers; city planners; material scientists; systems engineers; project managers (including those writing requirement specifications); serving military personnel; business managers and those working to combat terrorism.
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
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.
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).
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