L-123 Minutes of the Workshop on Debris Data, Analysis, and Modeling

February 2006
Eric Deschambault (Munitions Logistics - Transport and Storage)

This document is restricted to NATO/PfP/MSIAC nations and the Klotz Group only

Explosives (safety) testing is ongoing in a large number of nations (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the United States of America). The testing being conducted addresses many areas, some of which are:

  • Debris generation and characterization/analysis of mass/shape distributions;
  • Initial/impact velocities/distributions;
  • Hazards characteristics;
  • Throw distances;
  • A real number distributions.

Much of this testing and information derived from analysis of the above data is directly applicable to the development of models that determine debris generation, debris throw, and the risks posed by debris. This workshop brought together international experts in the areas of structural breakup (resulting from internal detonations) and related testing, debris data analysis, and debris modeling, to collectively review new test data and related information that has been published or is now available.

The Debris workshops main objective was to collectively review procedures, recent experiences, and test data related to debris characterization and debris effects modeling (from both national as well as international testing programs that have been accomplished) to determine how it impacts existing quantity distance and risk criteria, and associated modeling work, and to identify knowledge gaps in the understanding of debris characteristics and effects.

The workshop consisted of presentations on the first day, followed by working group meetings on the second day, with a combined meeting on the 3rd day to hear working group presentations and discuss conclusions.

The minutes and all presentations are available by requesting Report L-123 via e-mail.