Hazard Classification Testing of Primers used in Small Arms Ammunition.

  • Mr. Vishvamitra Centre for Environment & Explosives Safety, Dehli
  • K. S. Uppal Centre for Environment & Explosives Safety, Dehli
  • A. K. Bhalla Centre for Environment & Explosives Safety, Delhi
Keywords: Explosion hazards, Projectiles, Primers, Initiating devices

Abstract

Primer is a small initiating device used for ignition of propellant charge and subsequent ejection of projectile from a weapon. Hilherto, primers were classified under safely class. Recent accidents however, have raised doubts about their diversification. Field trials were therefore carried out to ascertain their correct behaviour under different conditions. It was observed that the nature of filling composition, its charge mass and the type of package had profound influence on the hazard classification which could change its classification from safety class to mass explosion hazard.

Author Biographies

Mr. Vishvamitra, Centre for Environment & Explosives Safety, Dehli
Mr Vishvamitra obtained his MSc (Physics) from Meerut University, in 1967. He joined DRDO in1968. Presently, he is working at the Centre for Environment & Explosives safety (CEES), Delhi, asScientist D. His areas of research include explosives safety and safe storage and transportation ofexploshes and ammunition. He has carried out a number of trials on hazard classification ofammunition and explosives to generate data for regulating the conditions of storage and handling ofnewly introduced explosives and ammunition stores into the Services.
K. S. Uppal, Centre for Environment & Explosives Safety, Dehli
Centre for Environment & Explosives Safety, Dehli
A. K. Bhalla, Centre for Environment & Explosives Safety, Delhi
Centre for Environment & Explosives Safety, Dehli
Published
2013-01-01
How to Cite
VishvamitraM., UppalK., & BhallaA. (2013). Hazard Classification Testing of Primers used in Small Arms Ammunition. Defence Science Journal, 49(1), 27-30. https://doi.org/10.14429/dsj.49.3782
Section
Armaments & Explosives

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