Aim of the Course:

Purpose of the course is to gain the general knowledge in design of warheads for rockets and missiles. Numerical examples are run by professional dedicated programs using “practical data” to illustrate the capability of the theory.

Who should attend?

The course is intended for students, engineers - researchers in the research institutions and engineers in the productions factories. It is basic course in projectile design.


Duration is four weeks (twenty working days); 100 lectures (one lecture duration 45min), but other arrangement is possible.

Course Outline:

1. Weapons and Role of Warheads
Types and Classification of Projectiles. Projectile Components. Type of Warheads and Classification. Fuzes, Boosters, and Detonators. Explosives. Propelling Charges. General Design Requirements.
2. Warhead Subsystems Characteristics
Warheads Basic Subsystems. Fuzes, Boosters, and Detonators. Explosives. General Design Requirements.
3. Basis of the Physics of Explosion
Characteristics of High Explosives. Initiation of HE. Shock and Detonation Waves. Products of Detonation, Blast Effect. Types of configuration Explosive – Metal. Methods of Detonation Wave Shape Controlling.
4. Fragmentation Effect
Fragmentation. Effectives on Target. Design for Fragmentation Effect.
5. Demolition Effect
Demolition Effect in Air. Demolition Effect on Ground. Demolition Effect under Water.

Lecturer: Mr Bozidar Zakula