Insensitive Munitions & Energetic Materials Technology Symposium

"New Programs, New Policies, New Strategies Leading to New Joint Solutions"

15 - 18 October 2007

Miami, FL


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Keynote Address:

  • COL Ole Knudson, Project Manager for Combat Ammunitions Systems Picatinny

General Session

Session 2A - Explosives 1

  • A Melt Cast Composition with Remarkable IM Properties, Per Sjoberg, EURENCO Bofors AB
  • Next Generation IM Mortar Fill - Optimized PAX-33 Development and Characterization, Curtis Teague, BAS Systems/Holston AAP
  • Early Development of an Innovative Melt Pour Explosive, Alex Paraskos, ATK Launch Systems
  • Tailored Formulations for IM 155mm Artillery Shell Application, Bernard Mahe, EURENCO France
  • Development of an Alternate Binder for Composition C-4, Paul Vinh, TACOM ARDEC

Session 2B - Policy

  • The History and Future of the Navy Energetics Enterprise Providing Collaborative Solutions to the Warfighter, Roger Swanson, Naval Ordnance Safety & Security Activity
  • UK Mod IM Insertion Strategy - The Route to a Safer Inventory, Alastair MacKichan, Charlcombe Associates LTD
  • South Africa IM Program Overview, Johan Niemand, Armscor
  • Smart Assessment and Testing of Munitions, Peter Barnes, Defense Ordnance Safety Group
  • A New Paradigm for R&D to Implement New Energetic Materials in Munitions, Richard Behrens Jr., Sandia National Laboratories

Session 3A - Processing 1

  • Development and Optimization of a Production Method for Manufacturing PAX-41, Virgil Fung, BAE Systems
  • Development of a Reproducibile Process for Loading Spider Grenade Bodies with Picatinny Arsenal Explosive (PAX) - 41, David Strickland, US Army-Picatinny
  • Common Low-cost Insensitive Munitions Explosive Program to Replace Comp B, Charlie Patel, PM-CAS
  • RDX Nitration Facility Modernization, Florence Delacruz, US Army RDECOM - ARDEC

Session 3B - Testing 1

  • Sympathetic Detonation Tests with Concepts of Unitary Warheads for a Rocket System, Phillipe Chabin, SNPE Materiaux Energetique
  • High-Velocity Fragment Impact Testing, Peter Haskins, QinetiQ
  • Munition Fragment Impact Testing and its use in the UK in IM Assessment and to Evaluate Risk, Michael Sharp, MOD/DOSG
  • Explosively-Driven Gas Gun for Fragment Impact Test, Vincent Tanguay, DRDC Valcartier

Session 4A - Characterization

  • Handling and Safety of Nano Aluminum, Ruth Schaefer, ATK Launch Systems
  • Synthesis Effects on Diaminoazoxyfurazan (DAAF) Explosive and Mechanical Performances, Elizabeth Francois, Los Alamos National Lab
  • Characterization of Aged Polymer Bonded Explosives; Deveopment of STANAG 4666, Ing. Wim P.C. de Klerk, TNO Defense, Security and Safety
  • Improvements in NC Processing using NIR Spectroscopy to Determine TV Content, G. Duncan Langlois, ATK
  • Characterization and Synthesis of Alpha Alane, Alexander Paraskos, ATK Launch Systems

Session 4B - Modeling

  • Theory and Performance of New combined Effects Explosives, Ernest Baker, US Army - ARDEC
  • TEMPER Software from V1.0 to V2.0 (Toolbox for Engineering Models to Predict Explosive Reactions), Pierre-Francois Peron, NATO/MSIAC
  • Insensitive Munitions Analytical Comliance System (I-MACS) Concept, George Thompson, Chemical Compliance Systems, Inc.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Session 5A - Explosives 2

  • Comparison of blast performance of the IM explosive PAX-28 variations, David Hunter, General Dynamics
  • USN Qualification of PBXW-14, Scott Walthour, NSWCIHD
  • New Pressed Explosives with Improved Insensitive Munitions Characteristics, Jason McCary, ATK Launch Systems

Session 5B - Mitigation

  • Thermally Activated Venting System for IM, Michael Fisher, Cornerstone Research Group
  • Minor Caliber Insensitive Muntions Reaction Mitigation Implementation, Luis Rodriguez, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren
  • Pumice Layered with Projectileresistant materials for Bullet Impact Mitigation, Jared Grover, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
  • A Scientific Review of the Current State of IM Mitigation Devices for use with Rocket Motor Systems and the Future Development Outlook, Andrew Strickland, Roxel
  • Development of Particle Impact Mitigation Sleeves to Reduced IM Response, Arthur Daniels, US Army, RDECOM-ARDEC

Session 6A - RS-RDX

  • Influence of Particle Size and Specific Surface for Energetic Formulations, Paul Wanninger, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH
  • IM Implementation into an existing Inventory, Dr. Satty Singh, Novare
  • Reduced Sensitivity RDX, A Review and an Update, Christian Spyckerelle, EURENCO France
  • Reduced Sensitivity RDX (RS-RDX) Effect of Quality on the Shock Sensitivity of a Cast Cured PBX Formulation based on RS-RDX, Yoshimasa Suzki, NIPPON KOKI Co Ltd
  • Accelerated Aging Study of PBXN-109 Formulated with Insensitive RDX - link to 5731, Kerry Clark, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division

Session 6B - Testing 2

  • Cook-Off Mitigation Heat Rate Effects, Stanley DeFisher, ARDEC
  • Cook-Off Mitigation Scaling Effects, Nausheen Al-Shehab, US Army, RDECOMARDEC
  • Progress on Development of a Sub-Scale Fast Cook-Off Test, Kevin Ford, NAWCWD (ppt)
  • IM and Performance Testing of DLE-C038, Robert Hatch, ATK Launch Systems2

Session 7A - Processing 2

  • Slurry Coating Process for Nano-RDX produced by a Bead Mill, Rajen Patel, US Army Picatiny
  • Modeling and Simulation of Melt Cast Explosives, Anthony Di Stasio, US Army - ARDEC
  • Polyurethane Press - Tooling Components, John Centrella, ARDEC-Picatinny
  • A Study on the Grinding Process of HMX using Fluid Energy Mill, Joo Seung Chae, Agency for Defense Development
  • Extrusion of a Novel LOVA Propellant by TSE, Eli Shachar, IMI-Israel

Session 7B - M795 Systems

  • Common Low-Cost Insensitive Munitions Explosive Program to Replace TNT, James Rutkowski, Office of the Project Manager for Combat Ammo
  • The Characterization of IM Explosive Candidates for TNT Replacement, Brian Roos, US Army Research Lab
  • Manufacture of Explosive Ingredients and Compositions for the IM M795 Artillery Ammunition, Andrew Wilson, BAE Holston OSI
  • The Application of New IM Explosive Candidates in the M795 Projectile, Sanjeev Singh, US Army-ARDEC
  • IM HE Loading of 155mm Projectiles, Erik Boykins, US Army-ARDEC

Session 8A - Propulsion 1

  • Insensitive Propulsion Systems for Large Caliber Ammunition, Beat Vogelsanger, NITROCHEMIE Wimmis AG
  • Status of Reduced Vulnerability Gun Propellant and Production Capability, Pierre Archambault, MSIAC
  • Envrionmentally Friendly Green Propellant, Thelma Manning, US Army RDECOM - ARDEC
  • GUDN-Propellants and the Uniflex 2 IM Modular Charge System, Johan Dahlberg, Eurenco Bofors AB
  • Developments in Processing of IM Gun Propellants in the UK, Dr. Andrew Carr, BAE Systems

Session 8B - Testing 3

  • Improving the Survivability of Shoulder Launched Systems Against Fragment Attack, Tal Eliash, RAFAEL
  • Generic Hardware, Erika Riveria, US Army
  • Qualification of an Enhanced Blast Explosive (DPX-6) According to STAN AG 4170, Oyvind Johansen, Chemring Nobel ASA, High Energy Materials
  • Development of Exploding Foil Initiators for Future IM, Gert Scholtes, TNO Defense, Security and Safety
  • FMU-139/B to AFX-795 and FMU-139B/B to Tritonal Eplosive Interface Comparison, Jen Duchow, NAWCWD


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Session 9A - Explosives 3

  • LBR6 - A Novel Class 1.5D Composition for Insensitive Explosive Reactive Armo (I-ERA), Yael Cohen-Arazi, Rafael
  • Development and Filling of New Insensitive Melt Pour Explosives for 120mm Direct Fire Ammunition, Brian Alexander, BAE Systems
  • Development of Promising New Cast Cure Explosives, Robert Hatch, ATK Launch Systems
  • Improved Processability of Cast-Cure PBX's By Modification of Particle Shape, Brooke Boggs, BAE Systems OSI, Holston Army Ammunition Plant

Session 9B - Systems

  • Insensitive Munitions Test Results for EFSS 120mm Rifled Mortar Ammunition, Lee Jackson, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
  • IM Solution for Artillery Gun Projectiles Crimped to a Cartridge Case, Carl Campagnuolo, SOCOM
  • Engineering Testing of the Denel 155 MM HE Insensitive Artillery Projectile, David Edmonds, General Dynamics Ordance and Tactical Systems
  • IM Explosive Replacement Study for the 2.75 Hydra M151 Warhead, Cynthia Buford, Dynetics

Break: The History of IM Standards

Session 10A - Synthesis

  • Synthesis of Ethyl 5 - Tetrazolyldinotroacetate as a Key Intermediate for 5-Dinotromethyltetrazole or 5-Dinotromethylidene-1, 4-Dihydrotetrazole, Kyoo-Hyun - Chung, Inha University
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Energetic Thermoplastic Elastomers by Using Controlled Free Radical Polymerization, Khalifa Alkaabi, Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science
  • Process Improvement Studies for Scale-Up of HNS at Holston Army Ammunition Plant, Brad Sleadd, BAE Systems

Session 10B - Propulsion 2

  • Environmentally Friendly, Insensitive Munitions (IM) Propellant, Thelma Manning, US Army RDECOM-ARDEC
  • Novel Plasticizer for IM Compliant Solid Propellants, Ana Racoveanu, Physical Sciences, Inc.
  • Performance Tests of Next Generation Solid Missile Propellants, Adam Cumming, Dstl
  • Metal Matrix Composite Filament Winding, Brian Gordon, Touchstone Research Lab