Information about the module

The Materials for military applications module provides the necessary basic knowledge for the application, use and fundamental understanding of special materials and material composites in the areas of protection, effect and radar camouflage.


General data about the module 
Study program

M.Sc. Aerospace Engineering

Module number 1895
Trimester Autumn trimester
Work load

90h total, thereof

          36h presence time

         54h self-study


3 TWS lecture

Qualification goals
  1. After completing the module, students will be able to name materials for specific military applications and explain their purpose and function.
  2. The students can select suitable materials for given application fields and reflect essential requirements in terms of design.
  3. The students can list the essential selection criteria for materials in the application fields "protection", "effect" and "radar camouflage" and name examples from current applications.
  4. The students will be able to explain the modes of action of materials for protection systems, ammunition applications and radar camouflage and to select suitable materials for given fields of application.
  5. In addition, students will be able to evaluate new materials and material composites or the corresponding characteristic values and their measurement methods, taking into account the requirements of the respective application.



In military applications, materials are often used which are of no or only limited interest in civilian use. In the module Materials for Military Applications, the fundamentals and important material characteristics of these materials will be presented and described. The following topics will be covered in the lecture:

  1. Basic principles of materials for military applications and their specific uses
  2. Protection applications:
    - Requirements on materials for protection applications and mechanisms for highly dynamic effects.
    - Materials for protection applications, metals, ceramics
    - Composite materials for protection applications
  3. Impact applications:
    - Requirements for materials for impact applications and their physical background
    - Materials for warp knitting applications (penetrators, shaped charge liners, sabots)
    - New manufacturing processes for effect applications
  4. Radar camouflage:
    - Mode of action and physical background of radar camouflage materials
    - Materials for radar camouflage materials and their production
    - New manufacturing processes for radar camouflage materials