News & Events-Frazer-Nash presenting at the 2015 PARARI Explosive Ordnance symposium

Consultants Ben Southgate and Janet Wilson will be presenting at the 2015 PARARI Explosive Ordnance symposium, 9-12 November in Sydney, NSW.


Sympathetic detonation mitigation barrier modelling
Janet will be presenting work that Frazer-Nash has undertaken in support of the UK Defence Ordnance Safety Group (DOSG) to produce prototype barriers. These are intended to be used between weapons mounted on parked aircraft to mitigate the risk of sympathetic detonation.

The presentation will discuss the trials programme, and how detailed hydrocode modelling helped the team to understand the performance of various configurations of barriers; and in particular how innovative technology was used to explain the successful performance of high-density polymer foam barriers in different shapes and stand-off configurations.


Solving the SS Richard Montgomery problem with innovation and collaboration
The SS Richard Montgomery grounded in the Thames Estuary in 1944 carrying approximately 1400 tons net of explosives. While the wreck site remains stable, significant corrosion and structural damage presents a threat of mass detonation.  Ben's presentation will explore the collaborative effort of Frazer-Nash and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to assemble a munitions working group of subject matter experts to investigate the problem, analyse different wreck management strategies, and assess the probability of detonation.


About PARARI 2015 Conference
PARARI is an international bi-annual conference where delegates from around the world discuss a broad range of explosives, munitions and weapons topics. This symposium will be the 12th PARARI conference and will be an important forum for disseminating new explosives knowledge and information, exploring the theme of 'Challenges for EO safety in a constantly changing environment'.