Shaped Charge expert named a 2012 IBS Fellow

March 13, 2012

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  • Dr. William P. Walters was named Ballistic Science Fellow by International Ballistics Society (IBS).
  • Dr. Walters has been with ARL for more than 35 years.
  • IBS promotes the science of ballistics internationally.

Dr. William P. Walters, an internationally recognized expert in shaped charges and blast loading who's been employed with the Army Research Laboratory for more than 35 years, was named a Ballistic Science Fellow earlier this year by the International Ballistics Society.

This designation is the most prestigious recognition given by the IBS, and marks Walters' outstanding contribution to the study of ballistics.

IBS promotes the science of ballistics internationally. The IBS provides for technical interchange via an International Symposium on Ballistics and provides professional development for its members by providing opportunities for publication, short course, student programs and other activities to promote career development.

Walters has over 40 years of experience in explosive effects, much stemming from a long career at ARL and its predecessor organization, the Ballistics Research Laboratory (BRL). He currently serves in the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate. He has worked as a consultant for government agencies, academic organizations, and private industry, including several oil well perforation companies. He is experienced in explosive effects, blast loading, hypervelocity impact, penetration mechanics, and explosive and metal interactions.

Shaped charges are explosive configurations designed to direct explosive energy to cut through armor, initiate nuclear weapons and complete wells in the oil and gas industry.

"I am honored," Walters said of this recognition.

He pioneered the application of novel geometries and different liner materials used in shaped charge applications. He holds more than 200 technical publications, holds 14 patents and has also published books and technical papers on explosive effects, impact dynamics, and shaped charges. He has a Bachelor's of Science in mechanical engineering, a Master's of Science in engineering, and a doctorate degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering.

Walters is also a fellow with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


Last Update / Reviewed: March 13, 2012