Subject: [DCHAS-L] Training for handling explosives
Date: January 18, 2013 7:52:22 AM EST
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If anyone at your institution is working with explosive materials, this workshop is (almost) mandatory.


Dr. Oxley is one of the leading chemists in the energetic materials field and offers to share her vast experience with the research community.


I urge you to pass this information on to your colleagues working in this field.





Fundamentals of Explosives


Chemical & Physical Principles including

blast effects, detection, forensics & HMEs


short course on


Detection & IED’s


Critique of the various technologies used in

forensics and airport screening – bulk, trace

& standoff. New challenges to detection.

Post blast examination & laboratory analysis


fail to substitute or cancel by at least 5 work-

ing days before the course starts.


Registrants are responsible for their own

travel and lodging arrangements. See


April 30- May 2, 2013


This course examines the chemistry of ex-

plosives, the physics of detonation waves

and their initiation, and the issues involved in

safe handling and characterizing these. Ex-

plosive output and coupling to surroundings,

with specific application to structural re-

sponse, will be discussed. We will address

terrorist bombings, the gathering, analy-

sis and interpretation of evidence, improvised

explosives, and explosive detection. Lectur-

ers are internationally known experts.




Registration Form




Chemical makeup of explosives—minimum

requirements to be an explosive and syn-

thetic principles. Initiation of explosives—role

of hot spots, critical diameter & detonation

failure. Evaluation—strength & safety. High-

lighted will be the makeup of “homemade”

explosives (HMEs).


Detonation & Shock

Wave Physics


Shock and detonation waves. CJ and ZND

models of detonation. Fundamentals of

shock response of solids. Spall. Shock

growth & decay. Graphical solution of plane-

shock transmission. Initiation of detonation.




Causes of inadvertent ignition and detona-

tion, identification of hazards and mitigation,

deflagration-to-detonation transition.



Dr. James Kennedy, retired from Sandia &

Los Alamos National Laboratories, specialist

in initiation & Gurney model


Dr. Jimmie Oxley, Professor, Chemistry, U

of Rhode Island; Co-Director of DHS Center

of Excellence Explosives Detection, Mitiga-

tion, Response & URI Forensic Science.


Dr. Maurice Marshall, OBE, retired De-

fense Science & Technology Laboratory UK;

specialist in forensics of blast.


Dr. Blaine Asay, retired from Los Alamos

National Lab, specializes in non-shock initia-

tion, DDT, and shock physics.


REGISTRATION FEE: $1450 (US) should

accompany registration.


Fee includes course materials, coffee breaks, and

a dinner. The fee must accompany the registra-

tion form. Space is limited and early registration

is encouraged. The sponsor reserves the right to

accept or decline registrations and to cancel the

course and return all registration fees if enroll-

ment is insufficient.


Mining and military—setting requirements to

match the application--Gurney energies,

overpressures, role of metallization, simple



Fundamentals of Explosives

April 30 - May 2, 2013

Name ____________________


Title: __________________________


Affiliation: ____________________


Phone: __________Fax: ______


E-Mail: ____________________


Address: ____________________


City: _____________State _____


Zip: ____________Date _____________


Make checks ($1450) payable to:

University of Rhode Island,

Chemistry Dept.


Mail Payment & Registration to:


University of Rhode Island

Chemistry Dept

Attn: Jimmie Oxley

Kingston, RI 02881


Phone/fax (401) 874-2103 ph/fax




Credit card payment can be accepted by

H.E.R.E. Fax or email Dr. Oxley


Purchase of “Aspects of Explosive Detection”

Marshall & Oxley (ed) may be made for an

additional $100.


You can schedule a class at your facility. Call Dr. Oxley. 401-874-2103


You may be able to attend the classes offered at Picatinny Arsenal Dover, NJ

(see below)

Syllabus for all classes can be found by selecting the class link at


Schedule at Picatinny Arsenal


Fundamentals of Explosives


Propellants & Combustion


Fundamentals of Explosives for Technicians


Laboratory Analysis of Explosive & Forensics


HE Material Characterization & Processing


Stability & Compatibility of Explosives


Unintended Ignitions Sources/Hazards


Dynamic Diagnostics

Material Response under Impulsive Loads


Environmental Issues with Explosives


Field Instrumentation & Testing


To be Scheduled in 2014


Air Blast & Structural Response


Chemical Synthesis


Detection of Explosives at Standoff


Detonation & DDT


Explosive Devices & Train Design


Explosive Protocols


Insensitive Munitions




Terrorism Issues


Warhead Mechanics


Fundamentals of Explosives for Technicians




Terrorism Issues



Feb 26-28

Mar 27, 28

Mar 25,26

April 24-25

May 21-23










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