Knowledge of the dynamic behavior of Energetic Materials such as explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics is crucial to underpin models of their safety and performance characteristics. Energetic Materials present some unique challenges, not least in conducting experiments in safe manner, which oftentimes limits sample size, and imposes other constraints. The material themselves are often composites, whose constituents can have strongly contrasting mechanical properties. When a polymeric competent is present, then its properties can dominate the failure envelope, even when volumetrically it might be the minor component. In particular, such materials are strongly dependent upon the temperature and strain rate of deformation. Taken beyond their load bearing abilities, composite energetic materials with high volumetric fill fractions can fail at what are globally low strains, but which locally can be very high. Damage formation and evolution are important aspects to understand because they potentially initialize the problem of subsequent initiation and growth of reaction.
This special issue aims to focus on the latest developments in the field of instrumentation and techniques, mechanical characterization, damage evolution, and numerical simulation of the same, under high strain-rate or impact loading conditions, or scenarios which can elicit the same behavior; such as low temperatures and low strain rates by evoking time temperature superposition.
If you’re interested in submitting to the special issue, please select S.I.: Energetic Materials when submitting your paper. Papers submitted by July 1, 2022 will be considered for the special issue. All papers must successfully complete the peer review and revision process.
The guest editors for this issue are Dr. David M. Williamson, University of Cambridge, Dr. Jeremy C.F. Millett, AWE, and Dr. Eric N. Brown, Los Alamos National Laboratory.
If the above is relevant to you, please go to www.springer.com/journal/40870 and submit a manuscript for consideration in the Special Issue on Energetic Materials in SEM’s Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials.