This course will help you to understand the importance of warheads and explosives within the context of guided weapon (GW) systems. You will gain knowledge in materials, material properties and specific failure modes for GW systems and be able to critically select the warhead, explosive and materials for a specific GW design.
You will learn about:
- blast – air/underwater effects; Hopkinson scaling
- fragmentation –fragment types; velocity (Gurney approach); penetration (Milne-de Marre)
- shaped charges – penetration; performance; effects of cone shape and thickness
- safety and arming/fusing systems
- warheads for attack for armour, ships, hard targets
- burning and detonation – gun/rocket propellants; burning/detonation process of propellants and explosives
- initiation of explosives – to burning by direct heat, electrical, percussion, stabbing; to detonation by shock, burning
- military high explosives – insensitive high explosives; shock-wave in explosives
- composites – components; effects of fibre orientation; manufacturing processes
- high-temperature materials – for air frames, nozzles; insulation in rocket motors
- corrosion and stress corrosion cracking. Material’s failure principles – fracture toughness, fatigue, creep
Those from the military or defence environment who want to learn about the principles of military guided weapon systems in the areas of warheads, explosives and materials.
Pre-requisites: degree in engineering, science or mathematics; students with other qualifications such as HND in an appropriate discipline may be accepted.
This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.