Defects in energetic materials are relatively common and can have a significant impact on the safety and reliability of munitions, yet there is a lack of clarity in the use of terminology for describing and classifying these defects.
Dr. Matthew ANDREWS (MSIAC)Dr. Kevin JAANSALU (MSIAC)Matt FERRAN (MSIAC)Aurihona WOLFF (ENSTA Bretagne)
This report aims to review the traditional processes for the manufacture of explosives and propellants. Depending on the binder percentage, explosives can be pressed, extruded or casted. On the other hand, propellants can only be extruded or casted.
Defects in energetic materials or munitions can alter their safety and performance characteristics, potentially leading to failure and causing serious damage to military equipment and injury to service personnel and the public.
Mr. Rodrigue Barlerin (ENSTA Bretagne)Dr. Kevin M. Jaansalu (MSIAC)Dr. Matthew Andrews (MSIAC)Mr. Matthew Ferran (MSIAC)
Following many discussions and multiple iterations over two years, MSIAC has produced a largely self-consistent taxonomy and lexicon of terms related to defects in energetic materials and munition systems, based on the paradigm of materials science and engineering.
Matt Ferran (MSIAC)Dr. Matt Andrews (MSIAC)Dr. Kevin Jaansalu (MSIAC)Aurihona Wolff (ENSTA Bretagne)
Defects in energetic materials or in other materials used in munitions systems are often a cause for concern. This includes voids, cracks, and foreign materials, as well as chemical, physical and or mechanical properties that are outside design tolerance specifications.
Matt FERRAN (MSIAC)Dr. Matt ANDREWS (MSIAC)Dr. Kevin JAANSALU (MSIAC)Dr. Michael SHARP (MSIAC)