DEKRA Process Safety

Evaluating the Properties of Energetic Materials

Energetic materials are chemical compounds such as explosives, propellants, fuels, and pyrotechnics that can detonate due to friction, pressure, vapor/air combustion, and runaway reactions—to name just a few triggers. Evaluating the properties of energetic materials in your organization positions you to get ahead of the risks and protect your people, equipment, and facilities from explosions and high-energy releases.

This Focus article discusses the types of laboratory testing and studies required to determine the reaction rate of energetic materials in your processes. With proper testing, you can be assured that you are meeting all the requirements necessary for handling these high-risk materials. This article covers:

  • Examples of high-energy materials and events
  • The mechanisms that trigger explosive events
  • Types of testing procedures used to evaluate energetic materials