50th International Annual Conference of the Fraunhofer ICT
June 25 - June 28
For 50 years the International Annual Conference of the Fraunhofer ICT has given scientists in the global energetic materials community from all over the world a forum to share and discuss their research. Some of the research goals pursued 50 years ago – such as enhanced performance and safety or low production costs – are as relevant today as they were in the past. However, new research trends have also emerged. For example, increased awareness of environmental impact and toxic effects on humans has stimulated a plethora of research into green alternatives to traditional energetic materials like lead azide.
Alongside these shifts in research objectives, the methods and materials used have also changed considerably over the years. New methods for the synthesis and processing of energetic materials, such as micro reactor technology or 3D printing of high explosives, have been developed or are the topic of current research. New systems under investigation, such as co-crystalized high explosives or metallic nano-laminates, have the potential to create energetic materials with a performance tailored to specific applications. Together with new or improved experimental techniques such as high-speed video, fast spectrometry or transient interferometry methods like photonic doppler velocimetry, new computer models and simulation capabilities have enabled scientists to design energetic materials with enhanced capabilities and efficiency in technical applications, and to increase their knowledge and understanding of energetic materials in ways barely imaginable 50 years ago. It will be exciting to see what the future holds for us.
From synthesis and processing, modelling and simulation through to experimental characterization and from basic research through to technical applications, the 50th International Annual Conference of the Fraunhofer ICT will continue to welcome contributions relating to almost all aspects of energetic materials research.
Scientists participating in ICT´s 50th International Annual Conference have the opportunity to present and discuss their research with experts from all over the world, to stay up to date with the latest trends and ideas in the energetic materials community and to contribute to the future of the science of energetic materials.