Safer Explosives & Processing

An Insensitive Munition (IM) is one that will not react violently in an accident situation or by enemy action when subjected to unplanned stimuli such as heat, shock, fragment or bullet impact. The global development of IM was initiated after a series of catastrophes resulting from accidental detonation of energetics or munitions during operation and storage in the 1980s. All these inadvertent events led to loss of life, combat and defence capabilities; and took millions of dollars to rectify the extensive damages.

ATREC’s formulation chemists have developed a wide range of insensitive energetic formulations which offer the best compromise of high performance and low sensitivity. These adaptable and matured energetic solutions out-performed conventional explosives e.g. TNT and Comp-B in insensitivity and lethality.

ATREC’s insensitive explosive formulations have been substance qualified to STANAG 4170 and exhibited good mechanical properties, thermal stability, ageing properties as well as reduced vulnerability to shock and thermal threat hazards.

ATREC has developed a UV curable formulation containing energetic material which can be 3D printed. It allowed the printing of freeform shapes without tooling and moulds use in the processing of traditional energetic materials.