Using new energetic components, formulations for explosives with a higher performance and lower sensitivity than existing products are being developed, produced and characterized. Examples include compression molded, cast plastic-bonded explosives or melt-cast explosives for application in underwater explosives or enhanced blast explosives.
The developments and optimizations are supported by calculations using the ICT Thermodynamic Code and the program Cheetah 2.0, for example in calculating the heat of detonation as a function of the composition.
Process variants in the manufacture of explosives
- Charge production via compression molding - Hydrap press, pressing force 1250 kN, flexible choice of pressing process, one or two-sided pressing
- Casting of TNT charges - Casting unit for processing of up to 8kg TNT
- Casting of plastic-bonded charges - Thermostatic horizontal and vertical mixer with higher shear force for processing highly viscous masses in batch sizes of 50g to 8kg
- Casting equipment - Evacuable casting unit
The newly-designed explosives charges are tested in the detonation chamber. In addition, safety tests are conducted according to the standardization agreement of the NATO (STANAG). Important characteristic parameters include:
- Brookfield viscosity
- Friction and impact sensitivity
- Detonation velocity
- Shock sensitivity
The development of formulations and the manufacture of explosive charges according to customer specifications.