Emphasis in Energetic Materials
Why Should You Apply
The Colorado School of Mines has recently approved the addition of a special emphasis sequence in Energetic Materials (Explosives) to the Materials Science graduate program. This special emphasis in Energetic Materials (Explosives) will be offered to students pursuing Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science. This new and interdisciplinary area of emphasis will endeavor to recruit professional students from U.S. National Laboratories, government agencies, and private-sector companies. Graduate students will be closely mentored by subject-matter experts and industry professionals and will be allowed the unique opportunity to investigate material and material properties under dynamic loading, energetic materials undergoing detonation, high-fidelity technology, post-detonation phenomena, and material behavior under large-rate deformation and strain. In addition to the world-class facilities already existent on the Mines campus, including the Explosives Research Laboratory (ERL), Small-Scale Laboratory/Blasting Chamber (SSL), and the High-Fidelity Mobile Detonation Physics Laboratory (HFMDPL), cooperative participation with research personnel from Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories is currently being developed. Moreover, the program has the support of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Who Should Apply
This degree program is being offered in the departments of: metallurgical and materials engineering, mining engineering, physics, chemical engineering and chemistry, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, and other distinct STEM disciplines.
Shock Wave Physics and Chemistry
High strain rate behavior of materials
Shock activation of chemical reactions
Explosives Formulation and Characterization
Shock thermodynamics and equation of state
High Energy-Rate Fabrication
Explosive welding, forming, cladding, hardening, strengthening, consolidation, and synthesis
Simulation of material flow under high-velocity impacts
Simulation of explosive shock propagation
High Velocity Impact
Ballistic impact; dynamic fracture and spalling
Explosive Interaction with Materials
Fracturing and fragmentation of materials including metals, ceramics, and rock
In-situ rock blasting
Explosive comminution of rock
Adiabatic shear localization in metals
Shock-induced phase transformations
High-speed and ultra high-speed imaging analysis
Flash X-Ray instrumentation
Velocity of Detonation (VOD) measurement methods
Photon Doppler Velocimetry (PDV)
Gas chromatography/Mass spectrometry
Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
For specific program information regarding the Energetic (Explosives) Materials special emphasis sequence, please contact Prof. Veronica Eliasson, Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Mining Engineering Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303)-384-2509.
Please use the EMS link below to view room availability for Hill Hall conference rooms and classrooms along with all rooms across campus. You may also come visit the Hill Hall Main Office and a student employee can assist you with the reservation. Stacey Lucero and Nancy Progar are also available to help via email.