Networks and alliances
In the field of explosives technology and security research, Fraunhofer ICT is part of the Fraunhofer Segment for Defense and Security VVS, in which eleven institutes have pooled their competences to coordinate and implement research activities in the field of defense and security. Fraunhofer ICT is also a member of the Fraunhofer Space Alliance – an association of 17 Fraunhofer institutes that conduct applied research in the field of space technology.
With its competence in explosives, the institute is also actively involved in numerous national and international projects (BMVg, EDA, NATO, EU, BMBF, BMI, BMWi). It also works with the German Federal Ministry of Defense in the context of bilateral research agreements. Operating a Test Center for Explosives Detection Systems on behalf of the German Federal Police, the institute contributes its know-how to international committees aiming to improve aviation security.
Research and technology
We offer research and development in all areas of explosives technology for the German Federal Ministry of Defence and other public authorities, the defence and security industry, and the automotive and aerospace sectors. One focus of our R&D services is the development, design and evaluation of energetic products and systems based on the long-standing expertise of our employees and our specialized equipment and infrastructure. We develop demonstrators, prototypes and small series of new propellants and explosives as well as customized synthesis and process technologies. The experimental work is supported by thermodynamic calculations as well as quantum mechanical and molecular dynamics simulations.
Software-assisted analysis and design tools, developed and applied at Fraunhofer ICT, enable the screening of new propellant and explosive formulations, for example based on their performance, safety, erosivity and environmental compatibility. In the case of gun propellants and ballistics, this also includes the consideration of system aspects of weapons and ammunition. We are also able to provide support and evaluation at each stage in the development of pyrotechnic safety systems (e.g. airbags) according to application and customer requirements.
In our test center for explosive detection systems, we offer the manufacturers of airport scanners and detection devices the opportunity to carry out tests with real explosives and reference substances, in order to evaluate and optimize their systems. Furthermore, in cooperation with the German Federal Police, the institute tests and certifies such systems for use in European airports.