Defects - Causes, Classification and Criticality

Virtual Plenary Session
09 March 2021 to 11 March 2021

Due to risk associated with ongoing travel restrictions, the plenary session of the Defects Workshop will now be held as a virtual meeting between the 9th and 11th of March 2021 using the GoToMeeting platform. We are once again accepting workshop registrations and abstract submissions.

Defects in energetic materials or in other materials used in munitions systems are common and can have a significant impact on the safety and reliability of the munition, yet guidance and understanding on how to assess and sentence defects is often limited. In 2021 MSIAC will host a workshop, the goal of which is to define the methodology by which the criticality of the materials factors leading to failure of munition systems can be assessed, and how this assessment can then be used to inform safety and capability related decisions.

In order to achieve this goal, the workshop will seek to develop an understanding of the following:
  • The types of structural defects and property changes which might occur in different types of munition systems (e.g. based on energetic material, role, service environment, age etc.) and the processes which leads to their creation and growth
  • Techniques for the detection and characterisation of structural defects and property changes, including their limitations
  • The impact of structural defects and property changes on Safety and Suitability for Service for different munition systems, energetic materials, roles and service environments
  • The information that is required to support the decision making process, including tools that can be used to develop risk based arguments and the risk controls that can be implemented at various points in the Capability Life Cycle (CLC)