This ten day course taught at Cranfield University at Shrivenham takes you through all aspects of ballistics for weapon design of all calibres.

The course covers propellants, internal ballistics, barrel wear, intermediate ballistics, external ballistics and hit probabilities, terminal ballistics including armour materials, armour design and body armour and ammunition types including cannon ammunition, fragmenting warheads, smart ammunition and guided weapons.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 13 - 24 May 2024
  • Duration10 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£3,850

What you will learn

The aim of the course is to give you an introductory level working knowledge of the fundamental principles and techniques involved in gun and rocket ballistics.

Core content

The teaching includes the following topics:
  • Internal, Intermediate, External and Terminal Ballistics,
  • Propellants and Rocket Propulsion,
  • Armour Materials and Attack of Armour,
  • Dispersion of Fire,
  • Gun Barrel Wear and Erosion,
  • Light Weapons,
  • Direct and Indirect Fire Systems,
  • Wound Ballistics,
  • Gun Design,
  • Fuzes,
  • Fragmentation and explosives.

Who should attend

The course is primarily intended for scientists and engineers involved in the broad-based subject of ballistics.

There are no rigid requirements but a knowledge of mathematics to nominally A-level is assumed.

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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