Bombs, Blast, Bullets and Fragments
Building off the one-day short course, Bombs, Blast, Bullets and Fragments - Overview, this two-day short course provides an overview of weapon threats and the science behind their operation. This course is aimed at individuals who require an understanding of the threat spectrum. The threats examined will include: small arms; cannon-launched projectiles; shaped charge weapon systems; explosively-formed penetrators; artillery systems; fragmenting shells; blast; mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Gun technologies and protection technologies will also be discussed.
Duration: 2 days
Delivery mode: Classroom
In-house: All states and neighbouring countries, contact the Professional Education Course Unit for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.
What you will receive:
- Compresehensive set of course notes
- UNSW Canberra certificate of attendance
- Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Affiliated course: Bombs, Blast, Bullets and Fragments | Overview (1 day)
Anyone requiring an in-depth understanding of the threats facing people entering a warzone or where terrorism is anticipated including (and not limited to): design engineers; civil engineers; city planners; material scientists; systems engineers; project managers; serving officers; business managers; journalists and charity workers. It will also be of interest to and those working to combat terrorism
A science or engineering background is helpful but not necessary.
An overview of the threat
KE ammunition | Small arms | APDS |APFSDS | Shaped charge |HESH| Mines | IEDs | Discussion of ammunition construction and performance
The bomb and IED threat
Mechanics of blast | Materials and solutions | Fragmentation effects | Calculating the fragment size, velocity and penetration | Drag characteristics
Penetration mechanisms into target materials
Failure mechanisms | Low-velocity impact | de Marre theory | High-velocity impact |Hydrodynamic penetration theory
Introduction to gun systems
Gun construction and operation | How a gun system works | Direct fire and indirect fire examples | Ammunition types
Stress waves and shock
Wave propagation problems | Elastic wave transmission | Plastic wave theory | Shock compression | Hugoniots |Why stress waves and shock waves are important
How bullets and fragments penetrate | Injury criteria |Primary, secondary and tertiary blast injuries
Protection Design Strategies
The survivability onion | Obliquity | Whittaker | Ricochet | Spacing | Material choices
More on penetration mechanics (tutorial)
An analysis of the Recht penetration equation and fragment penetration characteristics will be discussed in a tutorial format.
Paul has over 20 years of experience studying the impact behaviour of materials. He has recently 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).
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