2nd Edition

Armour Materials, Theory, and Design

By Paul J. Hazell Copyright 2023
    498 Pages 248 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Updated throughout for the new edition, Armour: Materials, Theory, and Design covers extant and emergent protection technologies driving advances in armour systems. Covering materials, theory and design, the book has applications in vehicle, ship, personnel and building use.

    Introducing a wide range of armour technologies, the book is a key guide to the technology used to protect against both blasts and ballistic attacks. Chapters cover bullets, blasts, jets and fragments, as well as penetration mechanics. The new edition builds on the previous one, discussing ceramics and metallic materials as well as woven fabrics and composite laminates. Detailing modern technology advancements, the second edition has also been expanded to include improved explanations on shock mechanisms and includes significantly more figures and diagrams.

    An essential guide to armour technology, this book outlines key ways to implement protective strategies applicable for many types of conflict.

    1. Introduction 2. An Introduction to Materials 3. Bullets, Blast, Jets and Fragments 4. Penetration Mechanics 5. Stress Waves 6. Computational methods for armour design 7. Metallic Armour Materials and Structures 8. Ceramic Armour 9. Woven Fabrics and Composite Laminates for Armour Applications 10. Reactive Armour Systems 11. Human Vulnerability 12. Blast and Ballistic Testing Techniques


    Paul J. Hazell is a professor of impact dynamics at UNSW Canberra. His main research interests are in the subjects of shock loading, penetration mechanics and lightweight armour optimization. He also teaches several courses related to terminal ballistics and armour design to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.

    Paul graduated from the University of Leeds in 1992 with a BEng (Hons) degree in mechanical engineering, and after a couple of years in the automotive industry, he pursued his doctoral studies at the Shrivenham campus of Cranfield University (at the Royal Military College of Science). He was subsequently taken onto the faculty to teach terminal ballistics – to a student cohort that mostly consisted of British Army Officers. He has been in the business of teaching the uniformed services ever since.


    The first edition of this book is always within easy reach in my office, as it is a trusted and reliable reference text for my teaching and research. As a world leading expert, Paul Hazell delivers a second edition that expands on the key concepts which adds to its readability which I am sure students will appreciate, and the new chapter on computational modelling is a welcome addition which rounds off what is a superb book. This book should be a standard reference text for anyone interested in impact dynamics, terminal ballistics, armour systems design, and protection technologies.

    Professor Mark Stewart, University of Technology Sydney 

    This work is a one-stop, up-to-date resource for everything one needs to know to design, select, utilize and test an armour, and it is truly a treasure trove of details and data that greatly enrich[es]… understanding of these extremely challenging, advanced engineered systems. I am not familiar with any competing book that provides the same level of detailed and comprehensive information on the subject, and it is therefore very highly recommended.

    Professor Paolo Colombo, Universita di Padova

    Paul Hazell’s second journey into the complex world of armour is a well-received addition to his already comprehensive first edition, a must for all engineers at any stage of their career, myself included! The welcome addition of the computational methods chapter ensures this book stays at the forefront of armour design resources. His expertise, passion, and wealth of knowledge is reflected in these pages, with an ease of reading only a teacher who understands both the topic and the students studying it could achieve. I have recommended the first edition to my own students and will enthusiastically continue to do so with the release of the second edition.

    Professor Tuan Ngo, University of Melbourne