Energetic and Ballistic Systems (EBS) include all the applications of energetic materials (explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics), propulsion systems using energetic materials (EM) or compressed gases and ballistic protective systems. EBSs are widely used in extractive industry, automotive safety, space but mostly in security and defense sectors.
In the context of harsher European environmental legislation and global concern related to environmental impact and safety in the manufacture, use and disposal of EBSs, technological innovations have reshaped the strategy of developers, industry and beneficiaries from the entire spectrum. In the last decade many EU countries became more and more focused on developing greener and safer EBSs in the detriment of those with better performance characteristics. This has led to scientific advances and national policy changes in several EU countries and to the formation of several expert groups which have also promoted the development and application of greener and safer knowledge more generally. While this information is partially available in several Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and research institutes in Europe, the technical knowledge is often complementary because it is focused on specific problems and there is a need to ensure that all EU members have an understanding of greener and safer EBS technology and application so that they can apply it effectively.
Given the fact that EU faces difficult economic times and a lot of EBS production/use capacities have been decreased, relocated or closed due to the environmental legislation or safety issues, educating future experts and researchers in cutting edge technologies during an Intensive Study Programme (IP) and subsequent multiplier events brings a decisive competitive factor for European producers and helps end users to diminish the environmental and human health impact of their activities.
In this context the concrete aim of the project is to provide an Intensive Study Programme for MSc and PhD students coming from four prestigious HEIs across Europe. The IP addresses the latest approaches and concepts in the field of greener and safer EBSs, using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) tools and Open Educational Resources (OER). This includes a wide range of multi and inter-disciplinary lectures in the following areas:
- Environmental impact of EBSs
- Greener EM and their applications
- Insensitive EM and their applications
- Materials and techniques for ballistic protection (projectile, blast and shock effects mitigation)
- Modeling and simulation of EBSs and ballistic protective equipment, including use of ICT tools
- EBSs based technologies for materials processing
- Environmental and toxicology Life-Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) of EBSs including the use of ICT tools
The lectures are delivered by distinguished professors and researchers from the participating HEIâ€™s with renowned expertise in at least one of the topics mentioned above. Imperial College and ENSTA Bretagne bring an essential added value through their vast expertise in the educational field.
Theoretical information is experienced in practice by the students through case studies and demonstrations using the most advanced ICT modeling tools and laboratory.
The course teaching activities are followed by conferences, workshops and other multiplier events which assure a wide dissemination and debate of the topics in academia, research areas, industry and governmental organizations.
The course teaching and multiplier events give the chance for all students from partner universities not only to access the contents of the curricula but also to comprehend other educational levels, skills and various cultural backgrounds. The teachers also have the chance to compare and enhance their teaching skills based on the preparatory work, pooling and sharing, or based on the studentâ€™s feedback related to the courses they taught.