Archive for March 2011

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

Dr Takeo Shimizu 1912-2011

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dr Takeo Shimizu on 14th February 2011 at the age of 99 after a long illness.

Dr Shimizu contributed more than anyone to the understanding of fireworks and their effects and contributed to many papers, some of which are available from this site.

Dr Shimizu was also a fascinating man and a great host – I had the pleasure of meeting with him on several occasions and he entertained me on a trip to Japan in the early 1990s.

Tom Smith
Publisher JPyro