This distance learning course discusses the theory of ignition and relates this theory to the different types of ignition mechanisms.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationStudents have 4 weeks to complete this section
  • LocationOnline
  • Cost£150.

Course structure

Distance Learning. Students who enrol on this section have 4 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:

  • define terms associated with initiation
  • explain the theory of hotspots
  • describe the mechanisms used to stimulate an explosive composition to ignition
  • describe the components and function of an explosive train
  • describe the safety mechanisms employed in munitions.

Core content

This section discusses the theory of ignition and relates this theory to the different types of ignition mechanisms. It goes on to look at how explosives and propellants are ignited and then relates this to how an explosive train works. Finally it covers some of the safety systems designed into munitions to ensure that the different types of explosives in a munition perform correctly and in a timely manner!

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.

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