Purdue hosts AFRL virtual workshop with focus on energetic materials

Vikas Tomar, Purdue professor of aeronautics and astronautics, and collaborators Stacy Manni, Claron Ridge and Jesus Mares from the Air Force Research Laboratory, and Alice Savage from the Army Research Laboratory co-hosted the Polymer Composite Materials for the Energetic Materials Workshop September 17-18, 2020.

Photo of Vikas Tomar with composites graphicProf. Vikas Tomar with a graphic from the workshop

The event, hosted on the Department of Defense’s (DOD) All Partners Access Network (APAN), included 37 diverse partners -- both domestic and international – from the DOD, Department of Energy, academia and national labs.

The purpose of the workshop was to define the polymer composite and energetic materials community’s focus on material interfaces and its needs and to build collaborations and relationships to strengthen this group and its research areas.

Breakout topics focusing on interfacial science were broken into three groups: characterization and chemistry or measured values to define surface; interface or material properties; property relationships and mechanical properties; and modeling and simulation.

Plans call for the workshop to be converted into a large in-person meeting in April 2021, with an agenda based on the 2020 workshop breakout discussion topics.