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The aim of this course is to provide a critical understanding of the important properties of explosive materials and their methods of synthesis and manufacture.
At a glance
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- Duration5 days
- LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
Short Course for Credit fee - £2,130
Standalone Short Course fee - £1,925
Course structureThe course content is divided between traditional lectures, chemistry and materials laboratory sessions and explosives processing facilities.
What you will learn
On successful completion of this module you should be able to:
- Explain the rationale behind introducing nitro groups into molecules;
- Compare the current manufacturing processes for primary, secondary explosives and their formulations;
- Evaluate and predict the properties of explosives and explosive formulations;
- Critically evaluate the principles of an explosive train and propose improved alternatives.
Chemistry of the synthesis of explosive molecules:
Basic chemistry of nitration
Synthesis examples of Lead Azide/Styphnate, TNT, RDX, NC, NG
Basic stability/compatibility (to be extended in testing module)
Material science of explosive materials
Basic hazard/performance properties
Engineering of the manufacture of explosives
Filling processes of explosive
Plant design, safety
Physics of explosions
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When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Explosives Ordnance Engineering MSc.
Find out more about short course credit points.
Who should attendStudents must have successfully completed the Introduction to Explosives Engineering course, or have relevant experience in order to take this as a Short Course for Credit.
There are no prerequisites if taken as a Standalone Short Course.
- Dr Licia Dossi (Module Leader)
- Dr Philip P Gill
- Dr Hugh Goyder
- Dr Ranko Vrcelj
- Dr Susan Waring
- Mrs Sally Gaulter
- Mr Gavin Dunhill
- Professor Peter Golding (AWE)
- Dr Peter Gould (QinetiQ)
- Professor Douglas Cleaver (Sheffield Hallam University)
A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.
There are limited places on these modules. You may not receive an offer until places have been confirmed, usually 1 to 2 weeks before the start date.
Location and travel
Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.
Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.
Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.
All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.
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