Classification and In-Process Classification Testing - Where Do We Go from Here?
COMPUTER SCIENCES CORP EL SEGUNDO CA
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Basically this procedure does not change the existing Bulk Interim Qualification Tests which still include Card Gap Detonation Ignition and Unconfined Burning Impact and Thermal Stability Tests. End-item classification testing changed significantly and includes Single Package, Stack Test and External Fire Stack Test. Additional constraints on End-item Munition Testing Require Heat Flux and Firebrand Data for 1.3 and 1.4 materials and TNT equivalency and Fragmentation Assessment for 1.1 and 1.2 class munitions. This new procedure was instantly open to criticism. Card Gap and Impact Sensitivity tests are too severe for most materials, particularly small arms propellants and pyrotechnics. The Ignition and Unconfined Burning Test is not applicable to pyrotechnics. End-item tests are more costly in terms of the amount of munitions required as well as instrumentation requirements Heat Flux and TNT Equivalency .
- Safety Engineering
- Ammunition and Explosives