Rocket Motors and Propellants - EOE-RMP

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.

You will learn about the principles of reaction propulsion, fundamental principles of applied thermodynamics and gas dynamics, mach number, flow function, flow area relationship and convergent-divergent nozzles.  You will also cover definitions of propulsion performance criteria, internal ballistics of solid propellant rocket motors, charge design for particular applications, thrust vector control methods and rocket motor components.

Part of the course will cover velocity and range equations for accelerating and cruising projectiles, principles of rocket propellant composition, properties and applications of cast and extruded double base propellants, rubbery composite propellants and liquid monopropellants and bi-propellants.  You will also look at new developments in propellant composition and formulation.

What you will learn

You will learn/develop:
  • recognise the importance of rocket propulsion as a form of jet propulsion and give examples of its relevance in the defence and commercial sectors
  • transfer the principles of thermodynamics and gas dynamics to rocket propulsion
  • define key terms such as impulse, specific impulse, thrust coefficient and characteristic velocity and recognise their significance
  • outline the principles of propellant charge design
  • show that a solid propellant rocket motor is a self-regulating device

How will this course help my career?

You  will have  the skills to:
  • contrast the various types of solid rocket propellant and their performance, storage, mechanical and combustion properties
  • illustrate how a solid rocket propellant is formulated to meet a certain set of requirements for a particular application
  • evaluate the significance of the parameters that characterise rocket propellant performance and the relationship between them
  • identify the latest development in rocket propellant formulation in relation to solid liquid and gelled compositions

Before you attend

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.
  • Industry
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
This course is suitable for defence and security sector staff involved with research, design, manufacture or procurement of rocket motors and complex weapons.

How will I learn?


How will you be assessed?

A 2-hour written examination (80%) 
Coursework assignment (20%) 

This accredited short course, is taught at MSc standard and is one of the modules that comprise the MSc in Explosives Ordnance Engineering.