Fireball Assessment for Type 3 Explosives

I am looking for anyone that is able to assist in providing a fireball assessment for type 3 explosives, to be used in support of an explosives license variation with the HSE.

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  1. Answered by Adam Howarth

    I have done a lot of research and testing of fireballs using various pyrotechnic/fuel mixes (mainly for filming purposes) and may be able to help. Can you give me some more information about the materials and applications you are interested in?

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  2. Answered by Jim MacKenzie

    I have done some research on HE fireball size and may be able to help.

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  3. Answered by Peter SHELLEY

    Hi Mark, I have recently carried out a review of pyrotechnic fireballs for a company and am currently writing a presentation on this subject for a conference in January. The review provided document and test form the Health and Safety Laboratories with data to support fireball radii.
    If you’d like to contact me for a chat more than happy to go through what I’ve been doing.

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  4. Answered by Phil Pitcher

    Try approaching MSIAC. They are just in the process of updating the STANAGs for all IM test procedures and hold other useful data.

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  5. Answered by Mark Herbert

    Roland Wharton has done some useful work. Here’s a good article by him:
    Roy Merrifield, Roland Wharton. Measurement of the Size, Duration and Thermal Output of Fireballs Produced by a Range of Propellants. Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics. September 2000. Volume 25, Issue 4, Pages 179-185.

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  6. Answered by James Fleming

    I was involved in gaining licensing approval for a propellant facility that required an assessment of the fireball size; following a review of the original literature from the 1940’s, a specific assessment of the fireball size propellant for the propellant web being processed was conducted – this showed that the standard Q/D relationships were too pessimistic. Although that particular analysis was conducted by Burgoyne & Partners, I believe that the methodology is relatively straightforward.

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