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International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion
ESCI SJR: 0.149 SNIP: 0.16 CiteScore™: 0.29

ISSN Imprimer: 2150-766X
ISSN En ligne: 2150-7678

International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion

DOI: 10.1615/IntJEnergeticMaterialsChemProp.2014005314
pages 7-36

TOWARD HIGH-PERFORMANCE, GREENER, AND LOW-VULNERABILITY MUNITIONS WITH THE RIGHTTRAC TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATOR PROGRAM

Sylvie Brochu
Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Valcartier Research Center Quebec, Canada G3J 1X5
M. Brassard
Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier, 2459 Pie-XI Blvd. North, Quebec, Canada
Sonia Thiboutot
Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier, 2459 Pie-XI Blvd. North, Quebec, Canada
Guy Ampleman
Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier, 2459 Pie-XI Blvd. North, Quebec, Canada
Patrick Brousseau
Defence Research and Development Canada − Valcartier, 2459 Pie-XI Blvd North, Quebec, Canada G35 ix5
Catalin Florin Petre
Defence Research and Development Canada – Valcartier, Québec, QC, G3J 1X5, Canada
F. Cote
Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier, 2459 Pie-XI Blvd. North, Quebec, Canada
I. Poulin
Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier, 2459 Pie-XI Blvd. North, Quebec, Canada
Emmanuela Diaz
Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier, 2459 Pie-XI Blvd. North, Quebec, Canada
Geoffrey I. Sunahara
Biotechnology Research Institute, National Research Council, 6100 Royalmount Av, Montreal (PQ), H4P 2R2, CANADA
Jalal Hawari
Biotechnology Research Institute, National Research Council, 6100 Royalmount Av, Montreal (PQ), H4P 2R2, CANADA
Fanny Monteil-Rivera
Biotechnology Research Institute, National Research Council, Montreal K1A 0R6, Canada
Sylvie Rocheleau
Biotechnology Research Institute, National Research Council, Montreal K1A 0R6, Canada
Sebastien Cote
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique−Centre Eau, Terre et Environnement, Quebec G1K 9A9, Canada
Richard Martel
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre Eau, Terre et Environnement, Quebec, Canada

RÉSUMÉ

The revolutionary insensitive, green, and healthier training technology with reduced adverse contamination (RIGHTTRAC) program is a 5-year technology demonstration program (TDP) aimed at showing that green and insensitive munitions have better properties than current munitions, and that it is feasible to implement safer weapon solutions that would ease the environmental pressure on ranges and training areas and decrease the health hazards for the users. The goals of this TDP are to reach a near-zero dud rate and to eliminate the potential for research development explosive (RDX) contamination as well as the use of toxic and carcinogenic compounds. This will be done by performing significant improvements to the fuzing system, the main explosive charge and the gun propellant. The vehicle used for this demonstration is a 105-mm army artillery munition (high-explosive Ml), currently filled with Composition B (a 60:40 RDX:TNT mix) and using a single-base gun propellant (Ml formulation). The aim of this communication is to provide an overview of the project and to describe the steps taken to evaluate the environmental properties of the chosen propellant and explosive formulations. At its completion, it is believed that this project will have provided the required data to assess the long-term effects of the munitions on the environment right at an early stage of the weapon development cycle, and that this can be cost effective in the long run. This will help sustain military training while preserving our resources, as well as shaping the future of weapon system development.


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