Jack Riegel Student Awards

The International Ballistics Society provided a Student Grants Program consisting of free conference registration and travel support to selected students for attending the 31st International Symposium on Ballistics, that was held in Hyderabad, India, during 4-8 November 2019. It aims at motivating PhD students attending the International Symposium on Ballistics, publishing and presenting their technical work, and interacting with technical experts and scientists from all over the world in various fields of ballistics. The award was recently renamed to Jack Riegel Student Award honoring Jack’s vast and magnificent contributions to the ballistics community in general and the International Ballistics Society in particular, especially as its Founding President in 2010. Six students from Belgium, France, India, Russia, and South Africa were awarded for their scientific contributions that they presented at the conference. This picture shows the students proudly presenting their certificate at the awards ceremony at Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad, India. A tribute to Jack Riegel is located here.

A call for nominations for the Jack Riegel Student Awards for the 33rd International Symposium on Ballistics held in Bruges, Belgium, in October 2023, will be made soon.

ELIGIBILITY:Students enrolled in an academic institution at the time of the conference and interested in ballistic phenomena are eligible for nomination to the Student Awards. This program is aimed at graduate students or undergraduate students. Students who have reached the Ph.D. level prior to the Student Grants Program of the upcoming conference may not eligible.

AWARD PACKAGE:The grant consists of funding (up to $1000 plus free registration fee) to ONE (1) student from each of the technical areas of the symposium: Interior Ballistics; Exterior Ballistics; Launch Dynamics; Explosion Mechanics; Terminal Ballistics and Impact Physics, and Vulnerability. This makes a maximum of six (6) awards.
HOW TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS: The nomination must be submitted by the student's academic advisor, on the letterhead of the academic institution. The nomination is limited to a maximum of two pages, and must include the following items:
The application form (http://www.ballistics.org/docs/StudentAwardForm.docx) and a letter (two pages max) including:Applicants should also note:Send the paper via the conference submission procedure and the application letter (by email)
Dr. Markus Graswald

Deadline for Nominations: Deadline will be August 30th, 2023. Student Grant Awards selection will be based on a review of the paper manuscript and the covering letter by the ISB Student Committee. Questions on the program may be directed to the committee chair, Markus Graswald.

Previous Winners
International Symposium on BallisticsTechnical AreaAward WinnerPaper Title
27: Freiburg, Germany, Apr '13Explosion MechanicsNo award 
 Exterior BallisticsTimo Sailaranta, FinlandUpwards Fired Bullet Terminal Velocity
 Interior BallisticsHeath Martin, USAEffect of initial temperature on the interior ballistics of a 120-mm mortar system
 Launch DynamicsNo award 
 Terminal Ballistics & Impact PhysicsAlon Weiss, Israel

Roman Kositski, Israel
An Experimental Investigation of Deep Penetration into Polycarbonate Targets

On the Crater Diameters in Metallic Plates Impacted by High Velocity Rods
 VulnerabilityCyril Robbe, BelgiumAn Hybrid Experimental/Numerical Method to Assess the Lethality of a Kinetic Energy Non-Lethal Weapon System
28: Atlanta, USA, Sep '14Explosion MechanicsMaria Jesus Perez-Martin, Spain

Carey Price, USA
A novel method for measuring the dynamic fracture-initiation toughness under impulsive loadings

Statistical method for determining governing properties of high-velocity polymer penetrations
 Exterior BallisticsNo award 
 Interior BallisticsWeitao Yang, China

Jie Liu, China
Burning characteristics of microcellular combustible objects

Study of nano-nitramine explosives: preparation, sensitivity and application
 Launch DynamicsMickael Zeidler, FranceOn the control of a 155 mm spin-stabilized projectile using the Coanda effect
 Terminal Ballistics & Impact PhysicsFrancisca Martinez, SpainInfluence of the fiber alignment in the ballistic performance of Dyneema non-woven fabrics
 VulnerabilityNo award 
29: Edinburgh, UK, May '16Explosion MechanicsGuo Wenqi, ChinaInvestigation on the Melting and Composition Gradient of W-Cu Shaped Charge Jet During the Jet Formation and Penetration
 Exterior BallisticsVincent Condaminet, FranceIdentification of the Aerodynamic Coefficients of a Spin-Stabilized Projectile from Free Flight Data
 Interior BallisticsNa Sun, ChinaEnrichment of Fluorinated Nano- TiO2 Composite on the Surface of Propellants
 Launch DynamicsNo award 
 Terminal Ballistics & Impact PhysicsMatthew Hudspeth, USAThe Effect of Projectile Nose Geometry on the Critical Velocity and Failure Mode of Yarns Subjected to Transverse Impact
 VulnerabilitySteffen Grobert, GermanyExperimental Investigations on Dynamic Back Face Deflection Caused by Ballistic Impact on Combat Helmets and the Effect to the Human Skull
30: Long Beach, USA, Sep '17Explosion MechanicsXing Boyang, ChinaInfluence of the Embedded Structure on the EFP Formation of the Compact Terminal Sensitive Projectile
 Exterior BallisticsLv Yipin, ChinaCoexisting Attractors in an Underwater Supercavitating Vehicle System
 Interior BallisticsSebastian Wurster, GermanySolid Propellant Burn Rate Measurement in a Micro Closed Bomb
 Launch DynamicsLian-bo Li, ChinaExperimental Investigation on Ignition Characteristic of NEPE Propellant
 Terminal Ballistics & Impact PhysicsZherui Guo, USAMulti-Scale Experiments on Soft Body Armors Under Projectile Normal Impact
 VulnerabilityTom Stevenson, UKThe Effect of Clothing on Gunshot Wounds in Gelatine: The Naked Truth
31: Hyderabad, India, Nov '19Explosion MechanicsBir Bahadur Sherpa, IndiaInterface study of explosive welded Al-Steel joint using ultrasonic phased array technique
 Exterior BallisticsGuillaume Arnoult, France

Veronique de Briey, Belgium
Aerodynamic Coefficient Reconstruction of a Controlled Spin Stabilized Projectile using Mono and Multi Fidelity Surrogate Models

Influence of Crossing the Transonic Domain for Precision Ammunition
 Interior BallisticsPratyashee Changmai, India

Zetu Jiba, South Africa
On the study of automated identification of firearms through associated striations

Coating processes towards selective laser sintering of energetic material composites
 Launch DynamicsNo award 
 Terminal Ballistics & Impact PhysicsTatiana Evgenievna Zavodova, RussiaUsing of fluoropolymer materials to defeat lightly armored and easily vulnerable targets
 VulnerabilityNo award 
32: Reno, USA, May '22Explosion MechanicsSebastian Göhler, GermanyNumerical and experimental investigations on behind armor effects by shaped charges
 Exterior BallisticsNo award 
 Interior BallisticsMohamed Dhouibi, TunisiaQuantification of the wear effects on the performance of small calibre guns
 Launch DynamicsAbdelhafidh Moumen, BelgiumOn the Quantitative Investigation of the Intermediate Ballistics: Velocity Measurement of the Muzzle Flow
 Terminal Ballistics & Impact PhysicsNo award 
 VulnerabilityNo award 
33: Bruges, Belgium, Oct '23Explosion MechanicsChristopher Lange, GermanyImpact Thresholds for the Reactions of Metals
 Exterior BallisticsBernd Dutschke, France / GermanyAerodynamic Characterization, Flight Analysis and Limit-Cycle Stability for Artillery Shells Fired with High Elevation
 Interior BallisticsEnfa Fu, ChinaMolecular Dynamics Simulation of Solvent Dynamics inside Nitrocellulose-based Propellants During Drying Process
 Launch DynamicsNo award 
 Terminal Ballistics & Impact PhysicsNicolas Reboul, FranceStudy of the interaction between shaped charge jets and ERA flying plates
 VulnerabilityGabriela Boneva, UKThe Effects of Grazing Ballistic Impacts on Combat Helmets and Behind Helmet Blunt Trauma

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