Cranfield University Introduction To Explosives

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Cranfield University Introduction To Explosives

This course, which is taught at MSc standard, will provide an understanding of the chemistry of explosives and the factors which affect their performance.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 24 – 28 Apr 2017
    • 18 – 22 Sep 2017
    • 23 – 27 Apr 2018
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,750 Concessions available

What you will learn

This course aims to provide a wide understanding of explosives and their effects.

On successful completion attendees will:

  • Understand the principles, manufacture, initiation and effects of primary and secondary explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics and their application in commercial and military environments
  • Be familiar with current ammunition
  • Appreciate the importance of safety, legislation, reliability, testing, storage and environmental impact of explosives
  • Have the knowledge to analyse the theories of thermodynamics of explosive reactions and perform calculations for enthalpy, free energy and gas equilibria
  • Be able to identify the mechanisms for initiation and appreciate the differences between deflagration and detonation and the classification of explosives.

Core content

  • Explosion theory and types of explosions
  • The chemistry of explosive compounds and mixtures
  • The concept of fuel and oxidant; oxygen balance
  • Thermochemistry, simple prediction of heat, temperature and pressure of explosion
  • Introduction to deflagration, detonation and classification of explosives
  • Commercial and military HE, power, brisance Aluminised HE
  • Introduction to shaped charges
  • Principles of propellant chemistry, solid and liquid propellants for guns, rockets and mortars
  • Primary explosives, initiation, effect of heat on explosives, explosives trains
  • Principles and applications of pyrotechnics
  • Safety, reliability and testing of explosives
  • Management of explosives including classification and storage
  • Tour of the ammunition laboratory.

This short course, which will be taught at MSc standard, is one of the core modules that comprise the MSc Explosives Ordnance Engineering.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for military officers, defence industry staff, government servants and civilian students who have an appropriate degree in science or engineering or relevant experience.

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