This short course is a module from the Explosive Ordnance Engineering (EOE) MSc. It is delivered by Cranfield University on behalf of the Technology and Capability Group, Defence Academy.
The course includes learning on the combustion reaction; heats of reaction, rates of reaction, heat flow in reacting body along with production and utilisation of heat; thermites, delays, thermal batteries etc.
You will also look at the production and utilisation of radiation; signals, illumination, decoys, the production of smoke and the design of obscurant systems and the design of pyrotechnic ammunition and pyromechanisms. You will learn about the storage and ageing of pyrotechnic munitions and the manufacture of pyrotechnic mixtures on the laboratory and production scale.
You will learn to:
- describe the chemical reactions which are used to produce the special effects and the factors which can affect these reactions
- appreciate the processes by which electromagnetic radiation (visible light and infrared) may be produced by pyrotechnic compositions and how such radiation may be attenuated by screening smokes
- describe and assess the factors in composition design and munition design which affect the pyrotechnic performance
You will have gained the skills to recognise the types of compositions and ingredients used in pyrotechnic ammunition and describe the manner of their functioning.
A 2 hour written examination (80%)and an essay - maximum 2500 words (20%).