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Energetic Materials
Gordon Research Conference

Expanding the Limits of Our Understanding of Energetic Materials Behavior

Dates

June 5-10, 2016

Location

Stoweflake Conference Center
Stowe, VT

Organizers

Chair:
Nick Glumac

Vice Chair:
Betsy M. Rice

Meeting Description

The GRC on Energetic Materials brings together scientists from many countries working in government laboratories, research universities and private industry to discuss state-of-the-art research on explosives, pyrotechnics and propellants. The main topics of discussion in 2016 will include synthesis of new materials, performance, advanced diagnostics, experimental techniques, theoretical approaches, and computational models for simulating the behavior of energetic materials under a wide variety of conditions. The meeting is an important venue for presenting cutting edge fundamental research into the chemistry, physics and materials properties associated with ignition, combustion, detonation, ageing, thermal decomposition and mechanical damage of energetics. The program for the meeting includes nine oral presentation sessions and two to four posters sessions, depending on the number of poster submittals. Discussion leaders and speakers are drawn from the leading researchers in the field of energetic materials. The presentations are focused on current work and new results rather than summaries of published work. Afternoons are left free for informal discussions or other unstructured activities.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Energetic Materials" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmThe State of Energetic Materials Research
Discussion Leader: Mario Fajardo (U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, USA)
7:40 pm - 7:55 pmOpening Remarks
7:55 pm - 8:10 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmThomas Russell (U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA)
"The Future: Addressing Army Needs for 2050 and Beyond"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmDana Dlott (University of Illinois, USA)
"Shock Initiation of Energetic Materials Under a Microscope"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmExperimental Developments: Fundamental Studies
Discussion Leader: Shawn McGrane (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:15 am - 9:45 amDana Dattelbaum (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
"In Situ, Time-Resolved Diagnostics of Shock-Driven Reactive Flow"
9:45 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:25 amJennifer Gottfried (U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA)
"Predicting Explosive Performance from Non-Detonative Experiments"
10:25 am - 10:35 amDiscussion
10:35 am - 11:05 amCoffee Break
11:05 am - 11:35 amChoong-Shik Yoo (Washington State University, USA)
"Barochemistry to High Energy Density Solids"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmMichael Armstrong (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
"Bridging the Gap: How Do We Reconcile Reaction Rates Observed in Long and Ultrashort Time Scale Shock Compression Experiments?"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizers: Suhithi Peiris (AFRL Munitions Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, USA) and Dana Dattelbaum (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSynthesis of Novel Energetic Materials
Discussion Leader: Nirupam Trivedi (U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:45 pm - 8:10 pmKarl Christe (University of Southern California, USA)
"Synthesis of High Energy Density Materials"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:45 pmRebecca Wilson (Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, USA)
"Synthesis of Advanced Energetic Materials"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:20 pmMichael Zdilla (Temple University, USA)
"Expedition to Breach the CHNO Ceiling by the Introduction of Varied-Oxidation-State Manganese into Energetic Materials"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmComputations and Modeling of Energetic Materials
Discussion Leader: Maija Kukla (University of Maryland, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:15 am - 9:45 amRyan Austin (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
"Investigating the Crystal-Level Mechanics and Chemistry of Shock-Loaded HMX via Continuum-Based Simulation"
9:45 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:25 amSantanu Chaudhuri (University of Illinois, USA)
"Dynamics at the Hot Spot Interface in Energetic Materials – New Insights and Unresolved Questions on Hot-Spot Initiation and Growth"
10:25 am - 10:35 amDiscussion
10:35 am - 11:05 amCoffee Break
11:05 am - 11:35 amAlejandro Strachen (Purdue University, USA)
"Role of Non-Statistical Processes in the Shock and Laser Induced Decomposition of High-Energy Density Materials"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmThomas Sewell (University of Missouri, USA)
"Fundamental Studies of HE Mechanics and Transport Based on MD Methods"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmExtreme Phenomena in Energetic Materials
Discussion Leader: Blaine Asay (University of Illinois, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:45 pm - 8:10 pmDoug Tasker (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
"The Intriguing Relationships of Explosives with Plasmas"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:45 pmRonald Brown (University of Illinois, USA)
"Evidence of Pre-Compression States in Convergent Detonation"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:20 pmSteven Todd (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
"Numerical/Empirical Results of Converging and Colliding Shock Waves"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmReactive Materials
Discussion Leader: Steven Son (Purdue University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:15 am - 9:45 amEd Dreizin (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
"Do We Need to Wash Boron?"
9:45 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:25 amAlex Mukasyan (Notre Dame University, USA)
"Solid Flame: Is It Possible?"
10:25 am - 10:35 amDiscussion
10:35 am - 11:05 amCoffee Break
11:05 am - 11:35 amMichelle Pantoya (Texas Tech University, USA)
"Manipulating Mechanical Properties of Core-Shell Aluminum Microstructures to Enhance Reactivity"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmKyle Sullivan (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
"Reactive Material Phenomena at Multiple Length and Time Scales"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmComputations/Modeling/Theory
Discussion Leader: DeCarlos Taylor (U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:45 pm - 8:10 pmAnguang Hu (Defence Research and Development Canada, Canada)
"A Fully Integrated Physical-Chemical-Mechanical Description of the Compression Process on High-Pressure Induced Transformations and Disruptive Energetics"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:45 pmIgor Schweigert (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
"Chemical Reactions that Control Initiation: A Theoretical Perspective and Applications to Nitramines"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:20 pmMarc Cawkwell (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
"Applying Extended Lagrangian Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics to Shock-Induced Chemistry"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmReactive and Energetic Materials
Discussion Leader: Naresh Thadani (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:15 am - 9:45 amMichael Zachariah (University of Maryland, USA)
"Relating Atomic Properties of Oxidizers to Ignition Behavior"
9:45 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:25 amVirginia Manner (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
"Tailoring the Sensitivity of Nitrate Ester Initiating Explosives"
10:25 am - 10:35 amDiscussion
10:35 am - 11:05 amCoffee Break
11:05 am - 11:35 amLori Groven (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, USA)
"Smart Energetics: Harnessing Piezoelectric Behaviour"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmTimothy Weihs (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Controlling Inorganic Combustion Reactions with Chemistry and Geometry"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMacro-Scale Energetic Materials Testing
Discussion Leader: Fan Zhang (Defence Research and Development Canada, Canada)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:45 pm - 8:20 pmDavid Frost (McGill University, Canada)
"Quantifying Particle Momentum Effects from Heterogeneous Explosive Systems"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:05 pmKevin McNesby (U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA)
"Quantitative Imaging of the Explosive Near Field Using High Speed Cameras"
9:05 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmClosing Remarks
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

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