Transitions to Detonation - EOETOD

Technology School
2.5 days

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About this course

You will be taught the content advanced thermodynamics of mixed explosive compositions and how equilibrium reactions can be used in non-equilibrium states, chemical kinetics of explosions, thermal and isothermal explosion theories including fuel/air explosions and gaseous detonations.  You will also cover the response of munitions to abnormal thermal and impact environments, initiation of deflagration and detonation; mechanisms of initiation including the ‘hot spot’ theory of initiation.

Part of the course will look at detonics theory: thermohydrodynamic theory of steady state detonation; the Chapman-Jouguet postulate, the equations of state for liquid and solid explosive products; hard sphere perturbation theories; mZND model of detonation and thermal explosion theory, semenov and Frank Kaminetsky models and the ZND model of detonation and thermal explosion theory.

What you will learn

You will learn/develop:
  • understanding the fundamental principles of detonics theory
  • understanding detonation modelling
  • understanding explosions and initiation mechanisms

How will this course help my career?

You will have gained the skills to calculate parameters based on the principles of detonics theory and evaluate published scientific literature to produce a coherent summary of one aspect of detonations, explosions and their initiation mechanisms.

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.
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants

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How will you be assessed?

100% coursework.

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