Energetics and munitions support national and global security, but they are also subject to regulations on hazardous chemicals commonly used in mission critical applications such as rockets, missiles, ammunition, and pyrotechnic devices. In these applications, energetic materials and munitions must perform as designed to ensure success in both training and combat operations. SERDP and ESTCP are investing in the development and demonstration of alternative materials and synthesis processes to reduce the environmental and occupational safety and health impacts of energetic materials and munitions while maintaining critical performance criteria. 

Advanced Synthesis Methods

SERDP and ESTCP are exploring novel methods to reduce or eliminate the wastes associated with the synthesis of energetic materials.

Formulation & Processing Technologies

Processing of energetic materials into propellants explosives or pyrotechnics can be both hazardous and waste producing. SERDP and ESTCP have been exploring a variety of methods to improve on the formulation and processing of energetic materials.

Demilitarization Methods & Technologies

SERDP and ESTCP have measured emission factors for a variety of demilitarization methods as well as for as intended use on our DoD ranges. In addition, we are exploring alternative technologies for treatment of energetic materials.