COTEC is situated on the edge of Salisbury Plain at Gore Cross near to West Lavington in Wiltshire, England and is one of the five Centres within the Department of Engineering and Applied Science (DEAS) at Cranfield University’s Shrivenham Campus. DEAS is supported by some of the world’s leading experts from within Cranfield University’s Defence & Security Department, the Academic Provider to the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham. COTEC is licensed by the MOD and other organizations and is accredited to EN ISO 9001:2008.
Although trials are primarily of energetic materials, ordnance and weapon systems, the facilities also allow the testing of non-explosive items (for example, Rapid Decompression). Customers include the UK MOD, Dstl, Foreign Defence Departments, the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Commercial Defence suppliers and manufacturers, as well a large number of smaller specialist companies.
No explosive limits are laid down but daily limits are determined by the use of a meteorological analysis programme, which takes into account prevailing weather, particularly wind and precipitation