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In-house delivery

UNSW Canberra Professional Education Courses may be available for in-house delivery at your organisation's premises. In-house courses allow maximum attendance without the additional travel costs. Courses can be developed to suit the specific staff development and training needs of your organisation. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

This 5-day course is aimed at those individuals who wish to gain an advanced understanding of impact properties of materials and structures.  In particular the first two days will examine the structure of materials and how the microstructure plays a role in enhancing its impact properties. Further, this course will detail the experimental and numerical techniques available to probe the dynamic behaviour of materials including the theory behind Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar operation and plate-impact experiments. When the course is held at the Australian Defence Force Academy, a demonstration using an instrumented drop tower and compression Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar will also be provided.



Professor Paul Hazell has 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). 


Dr J. Pablo Escobedo has over 7 years of experience in the area of dynamic behaviour of materials with emphasis on microstructural evolution and its effects on mechanical response. After obtaining his PhD he worked in premier institutions in the USA focused on the impact behaviour of materials (Institute for Shock Physics and Los Alamos National Laboratory) before joining UNSW in August 2013.  He has published extensively in the area and received a TMS-Young Leader award in 2014.

Course Information

Materials science

Introduction to materials | The structure of materials | The mechanics of materials | Microscopy techniques | Mechanics of plasticity | Mechanics of failure

Testing techniques and equipment

The tensile test  | The hardness test | The Charpy test | The instrumented drop-tower | The Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (focussed on both compression and tension) | The plate-impact test | The dynamic extrusion test |Diagnostics (digital image correlation and high speed photography, laser-interferometry)

Stress waves and shock waves

Elastic waves | Plastic waves | Interface reflections| Rankine-Hugoniot  relationships | The Hugoniot | The Isentrope | Strength measurements under shock-wave loading | Microstructural evolution during  shock loading

Impact mechanics

Material failure | Penetration mechanics | 19 th C. theory |Milne de Marre |The Forrestal formulation |The Recht formulation| Hydrodynamic theory | Tate and Alekseevski |Worked examples

Armour mechanics

An introduction to armour | The survivability onion concept |Metallic materials for armour | Ceramic armour | Woven fabric and composite armour |Explosive Reactive Armour | Defensive Aid Suites

Blast and fragmentation

An introduction to explosives | Blast and fragmentation theory | Underwater blast | Improving resilience to blast-wave loading

Computational approaches

An introduction to hydrocodes | The equation of state | Constitutive models including Johnson-Cook, Johnson-Holmquist, Zerilli-Armstrong and MTS

Ammunition technology

Armour-piercing projectiles | Shaped charge mechanics and penetration | Explosively –formed projectiles | Fragmentation weapons | High-Explosive-Squash-Head (HESH)

Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.