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Missiles, launchers, drones - 2020

Solid propellant propulsion systems


This training will enable learners to acquire a basic theoretical and practical education, useful for engineers who are required to design, utilize, or operate propeller tests using solid propellants for tactical, strategic or spatial applications.


The course lasts 5 days (35 hours) and includes:

  • lectures
  • an engineering office
  • a day visit to the Centre de Recherche du Bouchet (Bouchet Center for Research) at the Herakles Group.

The engineering office focuses on the design of a propeller in the preliminary stages of a project.

Learners are required to bring a pocket scientific calculator.


The course aims to provide the latest knowledge of solid propellant systems. It will look closely at each of the sub-assemblies and how they interact.

It will enable learners to identify what the main performance parameters are and how they are verified.

It will conclude with the complete pre-dimensioning of a propeller.


Course level: Basic/Advanced

The scientific knowledge required of candidates is at the engineer or senior technician level.


Guillaume DEMEZON:

Solid propulsion technologies - Project manager



  • General information and the study of phenomena
    • Characteristics of self-propulsion - Different modes of self-propulsion - Propeller design and operation - Internal runoff - Thermodynamic study of propellants - Characteristic coefficients of self-propulsion - Definition of propulsive properties
    • Performance capabilities of solid propellants and propellers
    • Phenomena and thermal studies of propellers
    • General pre-dimensioning procedure
  • Solid propellants
    • Different types of solid propellants: classification, manufacturing, combustion and characteristic properties of these propellants - Forms of propellant units
  • Structures
    • Functions - Specifications - Architecture
    • Metallic and composite structures: design, dimensioning, stresses, selection criteria, materials used and manufacturing processes
  • Internal thermal protection
  • Features - Architectures - Implementation
  • Nozzles
    • Functions - Specifications - Architecture
    • Deployable and divergent nozzles: design and dimensioning
    • Control of the thrust vector and the different devices used
    • Materials used, properties and manufacturing processes
  • Ignition device
    • Features - Architectures - Ignition sequence
  • Connection
    • Functions - Architecture
  • Testing
    • Logic of development - Different types and means of testing
  • Performance
    • Various phenomena affecting performance


Scheduled in French:

PARIS: 23 to 27 November 2020


For the English realization, please, consult us.


€2,310 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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