Energetic Materials

Chemical Synthesis

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PREPARATION & TESTING OF NEW OR CUSTOMIZED ENERGETIC MATERIALS

Whether you need to replace a legacy energetic material (EM) that is no longer commercially available or have an application requiring new or modified chemicals with enhanced properties, we can help. Learn more in this new EM synthesis and evaluation capability brief.

Energetic materials (EMs) have long been utilized for a variety of military, aerospace, commercial and oil and gas applications. While legacy materials deliver specific and established properties, there are circumstances and applications that demand new or customized EMs.

Whether you need to replace a legacy material that is no longer commercially available or have an application requiring new or modified EMs with enhanced properties— spanning reliability, sensitivity, stability, compatibility, output and safety—Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (PacSci EMC) can help. With a long history of EM synthesis and evaluation, chemists and chemical engineers on staff and dedicated testing and production facilities, we can help you with a range of EM needs.

We can design and test new EMs with properties tailored to your exact requirements. We can provide custom synthesis of novel primary and secondary EMs, pyrotechnics and specialty chemicals that may not be commercially available. We can help you identify and evaluate the right EM for your specific application. And we can do it quickly.

Our fully equipped analytical laboratory is used to test the chemical, physical and safety characteristics of EMs and components found in nearly every type of hardware. And scale-up of specialty materials is performed in our powder production facility utilizing custom designed, remotely operated chemical reactors.

When safety and success must be assured, contact PacSci EMC. We can synthesize, test and deliver EMs that meet your reliability, functionality and mission criteria. Every time.

When safety and success must be assured, contact PacSci EMC. We can synthesize, test and deliver EMs that meet your reliability, functionality and mission criteria. Every time.

One source for chemical synthesis, testing and production

PacSci EMC’s chemical, powder processing and engineering labs provide full service, single source facilities for a variety of analyses on hardware and both energetic and inert materials:

  • Molecular analyses
  • Thermal analyses
  • Chromatography/purification
  • Physical properties (particle size, surface area, etc.)
  • Safety properties (BAM friction, impact, ESD, etc.)
  • Output testing
  • Failure analyses
  • Waste stream and disposal analysis
  • Optical analysis
  • Measurement and 3D rendering

Our scientists and engineers have experience with a variety of EM-related test protocols:

  • Aging and qualification testing
  • Compatibility testing
  • Mil spec/ASTM testing
  • Environmental testing

PacSci EMC can respond to requests for specialty EMs and/or EM evaluation in an expedient manner.

System Reliability

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Safety & Success Must be Assured

PacSci EMC uses a variety of methods to calculate system reliability, including trade studies, mathematical modeling, in-depth analyses and rigorous testing.

Reliability is always desired, but it becomes essential when safety and mission success are at stake. System failures can have a direct and negative impact on time, budgets and reputations. They can also cost human lives.

Redundant, backup systems are often used to reduce the probability of failures. But they are not always viable, as certain systems cannot accommodate the additional space and weight of redundant components. In these cases, reliability must be built into the system.

Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (PacSci EMC) is an expert with systems reliability, safety and quality. An integral contributor to countless space, defense, aircraft and oil and gas programs, our long history of success is largely built on the reliability and safety of the solutions we create, customize and deliver.

We bring a scientific approach to every project, calculating system reliability through trade studies, mathematical modeling, in-depth analyses and rigorous testing. Our application engineers can identify solution possibilities, weigh them against a number of variables— including mission criticality, space, weight and cost—and calculate reliability scores for each. Many of our materials, devices and solutions deliver 99.999 percent reliability or better.

When safety and success must be assured, contact PacSci EMC. We can customize or create a solution that meets your reliability, safety, functionality and mission criteria. Every time.

When safety and success must be assured, contact PacSci EMC. We can customize or create a solution that meets your reliability, safety, functionality and mission criteria. Every time.

Calculating Reliability

We uses a variety of methods to calculate system reliability, including trade studies, mathematical modeling, in-depth analyses and rigorous testing.

A trade study is often the first step, with systematic analysis of the relationships between factors such as mission criticality, space, weight and cost in the context of a particular application. These factors form the elements of the trade study matrix and are weighted based on the system application. The trade study then assigns various potential design solutions a score based on how well they satisfy all the factors.

Our engineers can also conduct in-depth Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA), which takes the investigation assessment down into individual components that make up the subassemblies, assemblies, components and overall system reliability.

The Trade Study Matrix

Trade studies are used to evaluate and compare potential concepts or systems for a particular application. The matrix below shows three concepts that will meet the customer’s reliability requirements. To select the best option, the concepts are scored against five key parameters. Each parameter has a weight, or importance, factor that was determined prior to the evaluation. The concepts are quantitatively evaluated by multiplying the weight factor by the score and then summing each parameter. The system with the highest score wins the trade study. In this example, System A is the clear winner.

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9 Reasons Why

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Top Reasons to Choose PacSci EMC

Why should you choose PacSci EMC for your critical missions and energetic needs?

Long history of mission success

For over half a century, Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (PacSci EMC) has made critical missions possible. Our energetic materials, devices and subsystems have helped put astronauts, satellites and payloads in space. They have protected countless military and law enforcement personnel. They have enabled missiles to hit their targets. They have reduced the environmental impact of oil and gas drilling. And they have safeguarded commercial aircraft and their passengers.

Unwavering commitment to safety and reliability

Safety and reliability are always our highest priorities. We bring a scientific approach to every project, calculating system reliability through trade studies, mathematical modeling, in-depth analyses and rigorous testing. Our application engineers can identify solution possibilities, weigh them against a number of variables—including mission criticality, space, weight and cost—and calculate reliability scores for each. Many of our materials, devices and subsystems deliver 99.999 percent reliability or better.

Ability to solve unique and challenging problems

Our engineers and program managers relish a challenge, and will work closely with you to solve the toughest problems and meet the most exacting requirements. As a scientific company, we enjoy trying new things through experimentation and testing, often applying existing chemical compounds and energetic devices in new and innovative ways. And we take pride in developing unique and effective solutions for the most complex challenges.

In-house engineering and technical expertise

We bring a range and depth of technical and scientific know-how to every project. With on-staff application engineers, design engineers, modeling and analysis specialists, chemists, and test engineers, you have a wealth of expertise at your disposal. All of our work is based on your unique needs and specifications, and our engineers are available to explain options, considerations and trade-offs, helping you make the best decision for your particular requirements.

End-to-end development capabilities

We can work closely with your team from concept to demonstration to delivery. This includes design, modeling, prototyping, testing, manufacturing, packaging and ongoing technical support. Having a trusted, capable partner directly involved from the beginning of a project to the end helps ensure the resulting product or solution will meet your exact needs and often reduces the time and cost of delivery.

Ability to innovate quickly

When you have a deadline and need a new energetic material, device or solution quickly, we have the design, development and test capabilities for the job. With dedicated engineers, planners, focus factory managers, procurement specialists and program managers—as well as an accelerated design and development methodology—we can turn your concept into a reality in a matter of weeks.

In-house test capabilities

Testing is one of our specialties. Using our advanced test capabilities, we can thoroughly evaluate the effectiveness and reliability of possible designs against a variety of environmental factors, including vibration, shock, temperature, humidity, altitude, electrostatic discharge, stray voltage, electrical circuit integrity and pressure. Our facilities also include an energetics output test lab, engineering lab, model and machine shop, clean rooms and certified x-ray and metrology labs.

Collaborative approach

Our program managers, engineers and planners work closely with your team to outline requirements, develop a design and perform a variety of modeling and analyses. They maintain constant communication with your team during the development process, and provide ongoing technical support after your solution is delivered.

Trust

When human lives and mission success are at stake, you need confidence that every device, every component and every subsystem will work exactly as expected. Many of the world’s leading companies and institutions—including the U.S. Federal Government, NASA, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Halliburton, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Airbus, Schlumberger and Google—have trusted Pacific Scientific for their mission-critical needs. Why? Because our materials, devices and solutions are always safe, always reliable and always effective.