Armour: Materials, Theory, and Design | Introduction



This one-day online course is based on the reference book of the same name by the course presenter. It provides an introduction to the armour systems and technologies that can be applied to personnel, vehicles, ships and structures as well as providing the attendee an introduction to the material science concepts that are important for armour construction. It also provides an introduction to some of the threat technologies that exist. Although this course is moderately technical in nature it is suitable for a non-technical audience.

Attendees will receive a comprehensive set of electronic notes covering the lecture content.

Duration: 1 day

Delivery mode: Online

What you will receive:

  • Compresehensive set of electronic course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of attendance or completion

  Affiliated Courses:  Bombs, Blast, Bullets and Fragments | Overview (1 day), Armour Materials Theory and Design | Intermediate (3 days), Armour Materials Theory and Design | Advanced (5 days).


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; 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.



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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