The Centre for Defence Chemistry has been working on propellants, explosives and pyrotechnic research for decades. We are interested in all aspects of defence manufacturing, vulnerability, combustion, and life assessment of energetic materials. We have an explosive license to manufacture of explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics, a dedicated hazard testing facility and an explosive range at the Cranfield Ordnance Test and Evaluation Centre (COTEC).
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The Centre is home to an enviable range of facilities for the analysis and characterization, testing, ageing and disposal of a wide range of materials including explosives, propellants, pyrotechnics, fuels and polymers.
The Centre for Defence Chemistry is host to the Centre of Excellence in Energetic Materials (COEEM). CoEEM is a UK Government-driven initiative to pull together and champion essential national capability in energetic materials. It aims to draw on UK-wide organisations, facilities, and academic centres to provide coordinated research, training, test & evaluation and knowledge exchange.
Besides defence applications, security research is becoming increasingly important and we work closely with the Cranfield Forensic Institute in these areas.
- Manufacturing - Synthesis, Formulation, Crystallinity
- Vulnerability - Combustion, Detonics, Ignition and Growth
- Life Assessment - Ageing, Stability, Environmental
- Security - Forensic, Detection and Analysis, CBRN