Defense Industries: Science and Technology Related to Security: Impact of Conventional Munitions on Environment and Population

  • Pelagio Castelo Branco
  • Hiltmar Schubert
  • Jose Campos
Conference proceedings

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAIV, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction into the Problematics

  3. Methodes, Tests and Application

    1. Jose Campos, Anónio Portugal, I. Plaksin, José Carlos Gois, Ricardo Mendes, P. Simões et al.
      Pages 23-35
    2. Anatoly A. Vasil'ev
      Pages 37-63
    3. José Carlos Gois, F. Chaves, P. Simões, L. Pedroso, I. Plaksin, Ricardo Mendes et al.
      Pages 65-81
    4. Ricardo Mendes, J. Ribeiro, Jose Campos, I. Plaksin
      Pages 83-93
  4. Insensitive and „Green“Munition

    1. Nico van Ham, Albert van der Steen
      Pages 113-122
    2. Alfred G. Stern, James A. Kenar, Nirupam J. Trivedi, William M. Koppes, Robert E. Farncomb, Sibyl Turner et al.
      Pages 141-207
    3. Anónio Portugal, Jose Campos, P. Simões, L. Pedroso, I. Plaksin
      Pages 209-220
    4. Held Manfred
      Pages 239-254
  5. Storage and Transportation

  6. Demilitarization and Recycling

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 381-386

About these proceedings


The state of the art in the area of security related civil science and technology concerning energetic materials and munitions is of pressing importance at the present time, because 10 years after the end of the cold war, in many countries in east and west, huge stockpiles of munitions still await destruction.

The safety behavior of munitions and their energetic material is the determining factor for all precautionary measures for the protection of environment and population. The probability of a catastrophic reaction of munitions and their energetic components will be so more likely, the closer the munitions are to the end of their life time. Residues and undetected ordnance, recycling, destruction of ammunition and depletion or reuse of energetic materials will either cause more or less damage to environment.

Scientific research and development have the aim to increase performance of munitions on one side and to improve safety in relation to unpredictable events on the other side. The impact on the environment by the production and normal use of munitions and their residues after use will acquire an increasing importance in environmental awareness.

The excellent technical presentations were classified in five Groups, according to the technical programme. The "Introduction to the subject; Methods, tests and application; Insensitive and "green" munitions; Storage and transportation; and Demilitarisation and recycling" sessions, were closed by a final and general interesting discussion among participants.


decomposition development environment noble metal production recycling research

Editors and affiliations

  • Pelagio Castelo Branco
    • 1
  • Hiltmar Schubert
    • 2
  • Jose Campos
    • 3
  1. 1.Danotec AssociationPortugal
  2. 2.Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical TechnologyGermany
  3. 3.Faculty of Sciences and Technology of University of CoimbraPortugal

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-2793-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2795-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-1238
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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