Manufacture and Material Properties of Explosives - EOE-MANFE

Technology School
5 days

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About this course

This short course is a module from the Explosive Ordnance Engineering (EOE) MSc. It is delivered by Cranfield University on behalf of the Technology School, Defence Academy.

The course content is divided between traditional lectures, chemistry and materials laboratory sessions and explosives processing facilities.

The course elements are:

  • Chemistry of the Synthesis of Explosive Molecules including basic chemistry of nitration; synthesis examples of LA/LS, TNT, RDX, NC, NG; basic stability/ compatibility (to be extended in testing module)
  • Material Science of Explosive Materials including basic hazard/performance properties; crystal properties; binder properties; mechanical properties; damage mechanism, vibration, shock
  • Engineering of the Manufacture of Explosives & Propellants including filling processes of explosive & propellants; plant design, safety quality control

What you will learn

You will learn/develop:
  • an understanding of the principals involved in the introduction of nitro groups into molecules
  • an awareness of the current manufacturing processes for common primary, secondary explosives and the current manufacturing processes for gun propellants and rocket propellant grains
  • an understanding of the principles of ordnance

How will this course help my career?

To increase your knowledge of explosives which will enable you to move forward in your chosen career.

Before you attend

You should have a HNC/degree in science or engineering or suitable experience.

If you are seeking a Ministry of Defence (MOD) funded place, you will need to demonstrate in your application that there is a clear business need to undertake the course. 

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
This course is suitable for Defence and Security sector staff involved with research, design, manufacture or procurement of explosives, propellants and munitions.

How will I learn?


How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed by group presentations and individually, oral viva (100%).

This accredited short course, which will be taught at MSc standard, is one of the modules that comprise the MSc in Explosive Ordnance Engineering.