This distance learning course describes the various types of explosion and details the key differences between propellants and explosives.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationStudents have four weeks to complete this section
  • LocationOnline
  • Cost£150.

Course structure

Distance Learning. Students who enrol on this section have four weeks in which to complete it. The actual time it takes to work through the section is about an hour if you have the necessary technical/chemical knowledge.

What you will learn

By the end of this section you will be able to:

  • state the different types of explosion
  • explain the difference between primary/secondary explosives and propellants
  • explain the relationship between energy, speed and power for a chemical explosive
  • describe the difference between explosive compositions and molecular explosives with reference to their structures
  • describe the nature of explosive reaction products.

Core content

This section describes the different types of explosion and details the key differences between propellants and explosives. It goes on to discuss the energy contained in and released by explosives and propellants. You are then introduced to the fuel/oxidiser concept behind most explosives in particular explosive compositions as compared to molecular explosives.  Finally you touch on the different reaction products produced after an explosive has decomposed.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in explosives. 

Entry requirements: National Security Statement

This is a fully distance learning course and contains unclassified material however to protect Cranfield University's reputation we carry out checks on all applicants. We reserve the right to refuse access without explanation.

The information contained in this section does not give you the competencies to carry out tasks with explosives.

How to apply

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

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