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2007 Insensitive Munitions and Energetic Materials Technology Symposium

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

15-18 October 2007


Miami, Florida




Tuesday 16 October 2007


Keynote Address: COL Ole Knudson, Project Manager for Combat Ammunitions Systems Picatinny


General Session

         “Emerging Trends in Energetic Materials”, Ruth Doherty, Indian Head DIV, NSWC

         “MSIAC Global Review of Accidents”, Patrick Touze, MSIAC

         “US IM Policy Update”, Matthew Beyard, OUSD (AT&L) PSA/LW&M


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.


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WEDNESDAY, 17 October 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


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THURSDAY, 18 October 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



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