International Ballistics Society

Jack Riegel Student Award

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. The picture shows the students proudly presenting their certificate at the awards ceremony at Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad, India.

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Convective Burning and Low-Velocity Detonation in Porous Media

This is a new book published by DesTech and endorsed by the IBS. It is authored by Boris Ermolaev and Alexey Sulimov, Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics, and edited by Anna Crowley This book presents original research into the behavior, ignition mechanisms, and wave structure of convective burning and low-velocity detonations (LVDs). Such processes occupy an intermediate position between modes of normal combustion and normal detonation, and their properties directly affect the dynamics of explosions, including unplanned explosions caused by accidental ignition. The book illustrates techniques to stabilize convective burning and LVDs and control their properties, thus enabling energetic materials specialists and ballistics experts to manage potentially dangerous hazards of transition to normal detonation. In addition, the book provides a scientific foundation for the technical application of these processes in pulse-nozzle and missile devices and in jet injectors. It also offers new studies on compacted modified propellants, which, due to their burning mechanisms, can significantly enhance the performance of barrel systems. IBS members can purchase it at a special price. Contact the Membership Chair at for further details. The book can be bought at the link below.

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31st International Symposium on Ballistics.

The 31st ISB was held in Hyderabad, India, 3-8 November 2019.

If you are interested in the proceedings then please contact the publishers, DEStech


32nd ISB venue & dates

The Board of Directors has selected Reno, Nevada, USA, as the venue for the 32nd International Symposium on Ballistics.
The venue is the Peppermill Resort.
The ISB will take place during 8-13 MAY, 2022.(postponed from 9-14 May, 2021)

The link for uploading abstracts to the 32nd ISB is below and is open NOW. Please note that all abstracts should be extended abstracts of 1-2 pages in length. 

Any questions on the uploading of abstracts should be directed to Clive Woodley,

Papers can be published in the symposium proceedings or, for high quality papers, the peer-reviewed journal Defence Technology (impact factor 2.637). Please see the link below for details on how to submit papers to Defence Technology. Please note that you must also submit an abstract to the IBS at the link above.

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