GSBS 2015 Intensive Program Curricula

Advances in the area of Greener Munitions and Energetics
(5 modules, 10 hours, 6C, 2S, 2L)

- Introduction to GSEBS
- Drivers (legislation, social and political aspects) and policy in the area of greener EBS
- Environmental impact of EBS during use
- Experimental tools and procedures for evaluation of environmental impact of EBS (in lab and in field)
- Greener energetic materials and components for greener munitions
- Perspectives in the area of munitions and energetics. Safer and greener issues, versus performance and operational requirements


Environmental and Toxicological Features of Energetic Materials and Ammunitions and non-Trivial Uses of Explosives (7 modules, 14 hours, 8C, 2S, 4L)

- Life Cycle Assessment as a Modelling Framework for the Determination of Environmental and Toxicological Impacts of EBS
- Life Cycle Impact Assessement of Energetic Materials and Ammunitions
- Demilitarisation and disposal including recycling
- High Energy Rate Processing of Materials Using Explosives
- Ceramic armor materials for ballistic application’s


Green pyrotechnics and Insensitive Munitions (4 modules, 8 hours, 4C, 2S, 2L)

- Pyrotechnic compositions and their applications in EBS
- Chemical components and design principles
- Reaction composition products and their interaction with the environment
- Green pyrotechnic compositions and their applications
- Aggressions on ammunitions and vulnerability of ammunitions
- IM / MURAT: concept, signature and tests
- Safety and suitability for service evaluation test for ammunitions


Modeling and simulation for ballistic protection (4 modules, 8 hours, 4C, 2S, 2L)

- Secondary effect of explosives detonation (including Gurney equations)
- Fragmentation equations (Mott, Grady, statistics for ordnance)
- Testing procedures for evaluation of balistic protection against fragments
- SPH simulation technique: Blast and Impact applications
- Laboratory visit and tests at CCSACBRNE


Buildings under blast loadings (4 modules, 8 hours, 4C, 2S, 2L)

- Contact detonation vs. hemispherical surface burst on buildings
- Blast loadings on buildings
- Shelters under shock and impact
- Building response to blast


Shock physics. EM sensitivity and stability (8 modules, 16 hours, 10C, 2S, 4L)

- Explosive compositions and Detonation: Hot-spot ignition, Deflagration to Detonation
- Polymer-bonded explosive behaviour across strain rates.
- CJ – ZND, EOS (JWL, BKW), shock transmission of a detonation
- Shock waves
- Granular and porous materials under shock compression
- Methods : Split Hopkinson Pressure Bars, Plate Impact
- Diagnostics : HV, VISAR, Manganin, DIC
- Post blast forensics
- Accelerated ageing of propellants


Shock propagation. Numerical simulation and dynamic behaviour of materials. Metrology in shock physics (6 modules, 12 hours, 6C, 2S, 4L)

- Blast waves
- Explicit numerical simulation in dynamic behaviour of materials and structures
- Metrology in shock physics and detonics : PVDF, Fabry Perot interferometers, Laser induced shock waves.
- Empirical methods in detonics : Kamlet-Jacobs, Keshavartz, Hardesty-Kennedy



- 1 module corresponds to 2 hours including a 15 minutes break
- 4 ECTS will be awarded to the students after completion of the intensive program
- Evaluation will be based on tests and individual assignments. Grade scale from 1 to 10. The minimum grade/discipline and general average grade for the completion of the IP is 5.