High Energy Materials (HEMs) 2011 Conference

Dear All,

We are all looking forward to the High Energy Materials (HEMs) 2011 conference, which will take place from 3rd to 4th October 2011 and can’t wait to welcome you to La Rochelle (France) and the Espace Encan Conference Centre.

Please find below some information on the conference:

–       Programme: Please click here for the conference preliminary programme.

–       Registration: As 3AF is a non profit organization, in order to attend the conference each participant will need to be registered. Please click here for the registration to fill in and return to the 3AF Secretariat without delays by email, fax or postal mail. Please be reminded that registrations onsite are allowed.

–       Accommodation: All accommodation reservation is accessible online at 3AF, in association with the La Rochelle tourist office, has made arrangements for a block of rooms at several La Rochelle hotels where rates have been especially negotiated for High Energy Materials 2011 delegates.  We strongly recommend booking your hotel early since another event will take place in the city at the same time. Hence, hotels located near the conference venue might be fully booked.

–       Visa application: In regards to visa application, you would need an invitation letter stating the purpose of your journey to France. The 3AF secretariat will issue the letter and send it to you. If you need an invitation letter, please send the following information by email to Mr Fabrice Vorillon (

First and Last Name on passport:

Company’s Name:

Passport Data (number):

Date of birth:

Date of issue:

Date of Expiry

Postal address (to which the letter should be sent):

For any help or additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us or visit the HEMs 2011 website at

Looking forward to seeing you in La Rochelle.

Yours Sincerely,

The 3AF Team

3AF – 6, rue Galilée, 75016 PARIS, FRANCE

Tél : +33 (0)1 56 64 12 30
Fax : +33 (0)1 56 64 12 31

13th International Symposium on Fireworks

13th International Symposium on Fireworks (ISF)
April 23-27, 2012
The International Symposium on Fireworks Society in collaboration with the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) and the Malta Fireworks Association (MFA), is organizing the 13th International Symposium on Fireworks. The International Symposium on Fireworks is recognized as the premier forum for the presentation of papers and the discussion of topics dealing with the safety, scientific, engineering, artistic, and regulatory aspects of fireworks and other pyrotechnics associated with entertainment and celebration.
Papers concerned with the following traditional areas are invited:
  • Fireworks Process and Use Safety
  • Chemistry and Physics of Fireworks and other Associated Pyrotechnic Devices
  • Sensitivity of Fireworks Compositions
  • Perchlorate and the Environment
  • Explosion and Fragment Mitigation Methodologies
  • The Art and History of Fireworks The Art and Technology of Special Effects
  • Regulations and Standards
  • New Concepts in Manufacturing, Transportation and Storage
  • Other Related Topics
Abstracts of approximately 200 words should be submitted by October 1, 2011, by e-mail to the ISF Directors indicated below.
Japan: Masamitsu Tamura
Europe: Christian Lohrer
Mexico and South America: Jorge Márquez
All other locations and for technical information:
Ettore Contestabile
Authors will be informed of acceptance of papers for the Symposium by November 15, 2011 and completed manuscripts must be received by February 1, 2012 in order that the Proceedings may be printed and bound in time for the Symposium start date.
The International Symposium on Fireworks Society
Ettore Contestabile, Chairman,
Roger Schneider, Vice Chairman,
Fred Wade, Secretary –Treasurer,
Colonna, Guy
Heckman, Julie
Lohrer, Christian
Tamura, Masamitsu
von Rosen, Bert

Click here for details about the event

Electro Explosive Device Training Course

Location: Oaks, Pennsylvania, USA, the home of Franklin Applied Physics, Inc.

Lectures Times: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday, and finishing at noon on Friday.

Cost:  US$1226.00.

This course is for electroexplosive device (EED) handlers, their supervisors, safety engineers, and instructors. It is also for designers, R&D personnel, quality control personnel, and inspectors.

For further details and appliction form please course info.pdf


  • Nature of Explosions – Mechanical, Nuclear, Chemical Definitions
  • Chemistry of explosives and Explosions
  • Explosive Trains – Primary, Booster, Secondary
  • Safe and Arm – Separation, One Person, Insertion,  Mechanical, Automatic, Bore-riding, Set-back, Spin, etc.
  • Ignition of EEDs – Bridge types, Energy (short time),  Power (long time)
  • Inadvertent Ignition of EEDs – Wrong time, Batteries,  Galvanic Cell, Ground Currents, Electrostatic (ESD), Radio Frequency (RF), Stray Voltage, Lightning
  • Physical Effects of Explosions
  • Uses of Electro Explosive Devices (EEDs)
  • Quality Control of EEDs – Non-destructive tests, All-fire/ No Fire tests, Output tests
  • Definitions – Classify by use
  • High Explosives
  • Detonation and Effects
  • Propellants – Guns, Rockets
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Testing Explosives
  • Accident Protection
  • Storage & Shipment
  • History
  • Sources of Information

James G. Stuart, Ph.D.
Franklin Applied Physics, Inc.
98 Highland Avenue, PO Box 313
Oaks, Pennsylvania 19456-0313 U.S.A.
Tel (610) 666-6645, Fax (610) 666-0173

The 8th Workshop on Pyrotechnic Combustion Mechanism

The 8th Workshop on Pyrotechnic Combustion Mechanism on Saturday May 14 2011 in Reims/France is coming closer. 

Please register soon.

For info please see:

 Looking forward to see you in Reims

High Energy Materials (HEMs) conference 2011

Please be reminded that we are one month away from the abstract submission deadline for the HEMs 2011Conference, which is set for 30th March 2011 (attached the Call for Papers). 

The 2011 edition of the High Energy Materials (HEMs) conference is scheduled from 3rd to 4th October 2011 in La Rochelle, France .

 Please send your abstracts to Mr. Fabrice VORILLON (

We are counting on your abstracts!

For further information, please visit or contact us at or 0033 (0)1 56 64 12 38. 

The 3AF Team

Fabrice Vorillon
3AF – Assistant de Gestion de Projet Evénementiel
Tél : +33 (0)1 56 64 12 38
Fax : +33 (0)1 56 64 12 31

Europyro 2011

37th International Pyrotechnics Seminar to be held in Reims France

17th-19th May 2011

Pyrotechnic Chemistry Course

This course will run again in the UK on 28/29/30 March 2011

for more information click here

2nd Announcement – 7th Workshop on Pyrotechnic Combustion Mechanisms

Dear colleague!

We would like to remind you of an interesting event, the

7th Workshop on Pyrotechnic Combustion Mechanisms,

on Saturday, 22 August 2009 in The Westin Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL

click here for more information

7th Workshop on Pyrotechnic Combustion Mechanisms

Event: 7th WPC

Date: Aug 22nd, 2009

Venue: Rotterdam, NL


Pyrotechnic Chemistry Course

The next course in the UK will be held at Grafham on 19/20/21 April 2010

For more details see