Gun Design | Introduction
This two-day course provides participants with an introduction to firepower technologies (i.e., gun systems) and an overview of the science behind the materials, systems and strategies that are used in gun design. The course will begin with an overview of firepower technologies and then examine system design, gun recoil and installation, internal and exterior ballistics. This course will consist of a mixture of lectures and a tutorial.
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: Gun Design | Advanced (4 days)
Anyone requiring an understanding of firepower technologies including (and not limited to):
|Design Engineers||Material Scientists|
|Systems Engineers||Project Managers|
Introduction and build up of a gun
Introduction of concepts | Types and calibres of guns (large and small) | An introduction to ammunition types used in guns
Improving gun performance
Effect of propellant mass ratios | Effect of propellant form | Effect of propellant volumes | Effect of barrel length | Ways of calculating performance | Pressure-time diagrams
Internal and intermediate ballistics
Introductory concepts | Piobert’s law | Effect of specific surface area on burning rates of propellants | Types of propellants: single base, double base, triple base | Barrel life (corrosion, abrasion, erosion) | Different barrel approaches | Propellant-air interactions
Breech design | Barrel design | When barrels break | Barrel stresses | Autofrettage
Gun location in a turret |Recoil constraints and balance | Autoloaders |Basic gun recoil theory
Proofing approaches | Proof pressures | An introduction to instrumentation
Introduction to materials
Basic concepts in materials science | The structure of materials | Processing of steels | Effect of cooling rates on heated steels | An introduction to different classes of materials
Forces on a projectile / fragment in flight |Coefficient of drag |Projectile stabilisation techniques | Coriolis effect |Magnus effect
Recoil calculations | The role of the buffer and recuperator |Gun stability calculations | Muzzle brake index | Momentum index | Creating a free-body diagram of a system
A Session will be provided so that the student can work through some of the issues raised in this course under the guidance of the course presenter.
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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