About this course

This short course is a module from the Guided Weapons System (GWS) MSc course. It is delivered by Cranfield University on behalf of the Defence College for Military Capability Integration, Defence Academy.

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.

What you will learn

You will learn about:

Warheads

  • 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

Explosives

  • 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

Materials

  • 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
How this course will help your career

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.

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Who can attend this course
Military
Industry
Internationals
Before you attend

A pre-requisite to this course is a degree in engineering, science or mathematics; students with other qualifications such as HND in an appropriate discipline may be accepted.

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How the course will be taught
Face-to-face/ Residential
How you will be assessed

Individual course work and an exam. 10 credits from this course may be credited towards the Guided Weapons MSc.

This course may also be offered as a MSc level credit-rated short course to suitably qualified applicants. Following successful completion of the credit-rated short course, 10 credits can then be put towards the MSc in Military Electronic Systems Engineering (MESE) or the MSc in Guided Weapons Systems (GWS).

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