Knowing the critical diameter of an energetic material is important, as it can provide information about its sensitivity and performance, as well as what tests should be used for characterization. However, finding this value quickly and precisely can be complicated.
International policy, guidance, protocols and assessment on Insensitive Munitions are mandated or discussed and detailed in NATO policy documents. NATO policy is currently mandated in STANAG 4439, Policy for the Introduction and Assessment of Insensitive Munitions (IM), currently at Edition
This document describes the results of an international review of the STANAG 4496 related to the fragment impact test. The purpose of this test is to assess the reaction of a munition impacted by a fragment.
The present paper describes the main evolution of TEMPER, it’s current status, assessment of the capabilities, feasibility to update and improve, brief plan, benefits if we undertake any recommended improvements and estimate of resources required to undertake future work.
This paper updates progress to date on MSIAC’s generation of a consolidated guide to energetic material parameters needed for typical insensitive munitions (IM) modelling and simulation efforts. An explanation of tests and experiments to determine the parameters will also be included.
The NATO Munitions Safety Information Analysis Center (MSIAC) is a multinational collaboration that collects, stores, and analyses technical information related to Munitions Safety (MS) and Insensitive Munitions (IM).