This module will cover an in-depth analysis of the design and manufacture of a gun system, integration and the integrity of various sub-systems based upon the ammunition, gun, propellants, ballistics and thermodynamics involved.

This module is part of the Gun System Design MSc and Military Vehicle Technology MSc.

It can also be taken as a Standalone Short Course.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 21 Oct - 01 Nov 2019
  • Duration10 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • CostStandalone Short Course fee - £3,500

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module the students should be able to:

  • define the fundamental terms used in gun design,
  • describe the processes involved in the design of a gun system,
  • compute the forces, pressures and stresses generated in a gun system during firing,
  • demonstrate an understanding of the engineering and physical limits of gun systems in relation to their installation and performance.

Core content

The following topics will be covered:

  • evaluation of gun barrel design pressure curve (load analysis),
  • design pressure and maximum safe pressure (STANAG pressure terms),
  • barrel material, heat treatment and manufacturing specifications,
  • ordnance design (strength, wear and fatigue),
  • barrel thermodynamics,
  • weapon dynamics,
  • breech design,
  • recoil system design,
  • muzzle brake design,
  • super structure design (cradle and saddle),
  • rate of fire and operating temperature,
  • CAD modelling and engineering drawings.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

This module is worth 20 credits when taken as part of the Gun Systems Design MSc or the Military Vehicle Technology MSc.

Who should attend

This module/course is suitable for those with a background in science or engineering.


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.

For further location and travel details

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