Science of Cook Off

Atlanta, GA, USA
25 April 2016 to 29 April 2016

The workshop’s objectives are to improve the understanding of cook off of energetic materials and their systems. These objectives will be achieved through discussions and presentations on chemical and physical changes, heating rate and heating conditions, critical ignition and growth conditions, reaction phenomenology, models and modelling, and sub-scale testing to system-level tests.


  • 13-May-16  Executive summary will be published in two weeks
  • 18-Apr-16   Registration for the workshop is now CLOSED.


The workshop will be limited 75 participants and we encourage representation from all MSIAC member nations. In the event that the workshop is oversubscribed MSIAC will work with the National Focal Point Officer(s) from the nations to balance participation.This Unclassified workshop is open at no cost to Government, Industry and Academia representatives from all MSIAC member nations.

Workshop Goals

The goals for the workshop are described below with descending difficulty and complexity.

  1. Generate and compile the current thinking, understanding and state of the art (SOTA) is for topics relating to cook off of energetic materials 
    • This will be achieved through the reviews of literature, structure of the workshop and recording the output of the views/opinions of the SMEs

    • Agreement will be reached on current tests and models 

    • Elucidate the limitation of current tests and models, what information is still required to improve models and hence improve the predictive capability

    • Generating improved understanding of scaling effects for the thermal environment

    • Provide better information to the designers so as to promote benign reactions in the system across all thermal ranges

  2. To generate a recommended list of scaled tests that will provide information on the effect of the heating conditions to better inform the effect of the AUR. The ultimate goal will be to predict how a system will respond to a given thermal profile

    • Tests should be able to give information on reaction mechanism 

    • Tests should be able to give information on level of response

    • Tests should be able to provide characterisation data for models 

    • This will improve the confidence of how the material will behave in the AUR

  3. To generate a process for determining how the scaled test and models can be used

  4. To provide input into the Fast/Slow Heating protocols
    • Discussions should be held to review findings from the workshop against the current protocols to determine if any additions or revisions could be made

  5. To determine if any findings from the meeting would confound reaction mechanism/reaction type from other tests

The output will be in the form of workshop proceedings and a Limited MSIAC report.