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Chemistry of Pyrotechnics Courses

In a community where the slightest change of physical, environmental, and process properties can yield wildly varied and energetic reactions, a basic understanding of pyrotechnic chemistry offers added levels of safety.  A TCI-organized training gap analysis in 2016 identified the need for two Chemistry of Pyrotechnics Courses.  This suite of chemistry courses addresses topics from the basic chemical reaction principles and theory to advanced discussions of pyrotechnic, explosive, and propellant.

 

Chemistry of Pyrotechnics:  Basic Course

 

The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics Basic Course is a 4-day course designed to provide students with a firm understanding of the basic principles of pyrotechnics, propellants and explosives. These principles are presented from a chemistry perspective and will be understood by both students with a small amount of chemistry background and those more deeply involved with energetic chemistry.  The course is intended to be of interest to persons engaged in the design, manufacture, management, identification, regulation, analysis, disposal, and use of all types of energetic compositions.  All three areas: pyrotechnics, propellants, and explosives will be discussed in detail highlighting their similarities as well as their differences.  Each day, the principles discussed in the lectures will be demonstrated in the laboratory.  At the end of the week, students will be given the opportunity to mix and test very limited amounts of pyrotechnic compositions. Both the chemicals and the hands-on instructional materials will be provided.  Additionally, a copy of “Chemistry of Pyrotechnics – Basic Principles and Theory”, by Dr. John A. Conkling and Mr. Christopher Mocella, will be provided for each student.

 

Course Content:

The course will loosely follow the third edition of “Chemistry of Pyrotechnics – Basic principles and theory”, by Dr. John A. Conkling and Mr. Christopher Mocella.  Dr. Matthew Green of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Fire and Explosives, Forensic Investigation, Training and Research (CENFEX) will provide the majority of the lectures throughout the week, with specific segments presented by the co-instructors.  Dr. Green will conduct daily laboratory demonstrations assisted by CENFEX Director of Training Mr. John Frucci.

  • A review of the basic chemical and pyrotechnic principles

  • Components of energetic mixtures

  • Ignition, propagation, and sensitivity of pyrotechnic compositions

  • Systems and compositions for heat, light, color, smoke production, propulsion, and explosive effects

Chemistry of Pyrotechnics II:  Intermediate Course

 

The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics II – Intermediate Course is a 4-day course designed to provide working professionals who desire to continue their education the opportunity to examine fundamental concepts applied to the manufacturing of explosive substances and articles (ESA).  A background in chemistry is helpful but not mandatory as the course is designed for persons engaged in development, manufacture, management, distribution, regulation, analysis, disposal, and use of ESA.  Pyrotechnic, explosive, and propellant substances and articles will be discussed and demonstrated daily as well as a day trip to an outdoor range facility for larger-scale demonstrations.  Hands on opportunities will be provided for students with interest.

 

Course Content:

The course will use the third edition of “Chemistry of Pyrotechnics – Basic principles and theory”, by Dr. John A. Conkling and Mr. Christopher Mocella, and, the third edition of “The Chemistry of Explosives”, by Dr. Jacqueline Akhavan.  Instruction provided by Dr. Jackson Shaver and guest lecturers.

  • Advanced discussion of pyrotechnic, explosive and propellant principles and practices

  • Process safety and quality assurance concepts for energetic materials

  • Research and tools to predict and measure energetic effects

  • Management of explosive substances and articles

Tue, Apr 13
Mesa
Chemistry of Pyrotechnics II - Intermediate Course
Course Fee: $2,400 The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics II – Intermediate Course is a four-day course designed to provide working professionals who desire to continue their education the opportunity to examine fundamental concepts applied to the manufacturing of explosive substances and articles.
Mon, Jun 14
Oklahoma State University CENFEX
Chemistry of Pyrotechnics - Basic Course
Course Registration Fee: $1,950 The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics - Basic Course is a week-long course designed to provide students with a firm understanding of the basic principles of pyrotechnics, propellants and explosives.
 

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