O-118 BIRD, FRAID and SYR IM Test Results Databases

October 2007
Dr Pierre-François Péron (Warhead Technology)

To assist the Insensitive Munitions (IM) development community, the NATO Munitions Safety Information Analysis Center (MSIAC) has created three Excel databases that  compile available munition responses to bullet impact (BI), fragment impact (FI) and sympathetic reaction (SR) stimuli.

These databases contain information on tests carried out on numerous explosive compositions and in various munition configurations. Test set-ups, results and analyses are reported in detail and interpretation of results is made easier by the inclusion of pictures, graphs, comments and references. The large variety of results enables the user to find relevant data in a configuration close to the one being studied; and to carry out parametric evaluations on the projectile or the munition characteristics. All three databases are updated on a regular basis.

The Bullet Impact Results Database (BIRD) compiles reaction data for 2,161 bullet impact results obtained with bullets ranging from 5.56 mm to 30 mm calibre. The database is searchable by bullet type and velocity, energetic material, reaction level, etc. A revised version of BIRD will be released by the end of 2007.

The FRAgment Impact Database (FRAID) includes a total of 1,390 results (version released in 2007) on 76 energetic materials formulations + munition systems, obtained from 110 open literature publications (proceedings of symposia, unclassified reports, scientific reviews, etc). FRAID provides results for bare and covered explosives and a large range of fragment shapes and diameters.

The SYmpathetic Reaction (SYR) database includes sympathetic reaction test results for single or multiple acceptor configurations, with or without mitigation devices. The first version will be distributed by the end of 2007 and will contain more than 500 test results. It will be searchable by type of munition, energetic material, SR configuration, mitigation device and reaction levels.

These databases are available upon request (free) to MSIAC Nations organisations or to individuals in accordance with the MSIAC release of information policy. They can also be downloaded from the MSIAC Weblink Portal.