This Study was agreed by the MSIAC Steering Committee (SC) to support their need to have access to an independent, comparative review of approaches to Ageing and Life Assessment of Munitions across a representative number of (MSIAC) nations. The expected benefits of the study included:&nb
MSIAC is organizing a workshop titled “Improved Explosives and Munitions Risk Management” (IEMRM). This workshop seeks to exploit an improved understanding of munitions vulnerability and consequences to deliver improvements in explosives and munitions risk management.
A number of deadly ammunition accidents in the sixties and seventies of the last century have triggered the development and use of Insensitive Munitions (IM). Although good progress has been made IM has unfortunately not yet been widely fielded around the world.
An increasing number of warhead designs shows a less violent response than Detonation (type I) in cook off or impact scenarios. In order to quantify the safety benefits, MSIAC is working on improvements in the risk management of such munitions.
During the last decades, strong efforts have been made by the IM community to decrease the reaction level of munitions when submitted to standardized tests considered representative of operational threats such as fast and slow heating, bullet and fragment impacts, sympathetic reaction and shaped
Rocket motors are designed to propel payloads towards their final destination by ejecting hot gases through a nozzle. The gases are produced by the combustion of fuel and oxidizers which can be either separated (hybrid combustion) or embedded into each other (gun propellant, propellant grain).
One of the challenges related to munitions safety is to make munitions insensitive to external stimuli (heating, operational threats, etc.) To reduce the violence of response of munitions to Insensitive Munitions threats, several mitigation technologies are used.
As part of energetic material qualification, this paper will review recent discussions with respect to the required parameters for modeling energetic materials, the methodology required in acquiring these parameters, the current processes that demand experimentation, and what is still needed to b