Gun Propellants - PIBWT

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Technology
5 days

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AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE, THE DEFENCE ACADEMY HAS POSTPONED THIS COURSE IN LIGHT OF COVID-19.  PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK THIS PAGE FOR RESCHEDULED COURSE DATES.



This course includes learning on nitrocellulose, its raw materials and single, double, triple and multi-base propellants and other ingredients along with oxygen balance and its effects – barrel erosion and flash specific energy: balancing heat and gas production.  It looks at ageing and storage properties, ballistic parameters and their measurement by a closed vessel and low vulnerability ammunition propellants and other new developments.

You will also learn about the different manufacturing methods, pressure travel curves in a gun, resal’s energy equation and the effect of grain size and shape on gun performance amongst many other areas.

What you will learn

You will learn to:
  • identify the major types of gun propellant and assess their roles in current and future gun systems
  • recognise various compositions of gun propellants

How will this course help my career?

You will  have the skills to: 
  • evaluate a propellant’s ballistic, storage, vulnerability, mechanical and combustion properties from the knowledge of its composition
  • identify various properties of cellulose that affect the quality of nitrocellulose
  • recognise various manufacturing methods
  • identify the ballistic properties of a gun propellant and show how they can be assessed by closed vessel experiments
  • illustrate how the burning behaviour of propellant grains affects the motion of the shot within a gun barrel
  • derive the energy balance equation for a conventional gun
  • model the effects of heat transfer on a gun barrel
  • formulate a theory of gun barrel erosion

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
  • Partners Across Government (PAG)
This course is suitable for those with an interest in gun propulsion and the effects of propellant gases on in-bore projectile travel and barrel heating.

How will I learn?

Classroom

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed by a 2 hour written examination (75%) and a report on a weapon thermodynamics practical (25%).