Shrivenham Propulsion Facility
20 Mar 2018







​The Propellant Research Laboratories consist of four main laboratories:

Synthesis and Formulation Laboratory

This facility specialises in the synthesis of binders and energetic materials to create advanced propellants, supported by a number of specialist synthetic chemistry facilities.

Characterisation and Ageing Laboratory
This laboratory specialises in the chemistry and thermal decomposition of nitrocellulose and nitrocellulose-based propellants, but including all aspects of solid propellant characterisation. Facilities include: chromatography, mass spectrometry, RAMAN spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy and many other specialised test facilities.

Thermo-Mechanical Laboratory

This laboratory investigates the material and chemical properties of propellant materials to support physical/chemical ageing models. Facilities within the laboratory include: DSC, TGA, DMA, mechanical testing with high and low temperature heating control, rheometry, micro/nano hardness, CTE, SEM and optical microscopy, and CT X-ray analysis.

Ballistics and Combustion Laboratory

This facility researches propellant combustion chemistry, laser ignition mechanisms of propellants, propellant ballistics, and ballistic modifier chemistry. Facilities include laser ignition and propellant closed-vessel testing.