Bombs, Blast, Bullets and Fragments | Overview

Course Group: 
Lethality and Survivability


This one-day 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).

Who Should Attend

Course Outline

Presenter Information

Dates & Registration

Duration: 1 day

Delivery mode: Classroom


Advertised: Canberra

In-house: All states and neighbouring countries, contact the  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 Courses: Bombs, Blast, Bullets and Fragments (2 day), Armoured Protection Technologies | Introduction (2 day) & Armoured Protection Technologies | Intermediate (3 days)




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  




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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