15th Workshop on Pyrotechnic Combustion Mechanisms

The upcoming 15th WPC will be held on July 25, 2020, Colorado Springs just the day before the start of the 

45th International Pyrotechnics Seminar


+++ TOPIC +++




  • Prof. Dr. Edward Dreizin, NJIT, Newark, NJ, USA

         Metal-Metal Fluoride Reactive Composites and Reactions Leading to their Ignition

  • Prof. Dr. Scott Iacono, USAFA, Colorado Springs, CO, USA 

      Addressing Processing Challenges Utilizing New Chemistries for Additively

      Manufactured Energetic Composites

  • Prof. Dr. Michelle Pantoya, TTU, Lubbock, TX, USA

      Ignition Mechanisms for Fuel Particles in Energetic Composites

  • Prof. Dr. Jan Puszynski, IMP, Rapid City, SD, USA

     Ignition of Energetic Materials: Mechanism, Theory and Modeling

  • Prof. Dr. Robin D. Rogers, 525 Solutions, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

      Designing Hypergolic Ionic Liquids, Metal Organic Frameworks, and Cocrystals:                Fuels or Triggers?

  • Prof. Dr. Steven Son, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

       Impact Ignition of Energetic Materials

  • Dipl.-Ing. Volker Weiser, FhG-ICT, Karlsruhe, BW, Germany

      Experimental investigation and modelling of the ignitor plume/propellant       




14th Workshop on Pyrotechnic Combustion Mechanisms

25. June 2018, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Presenters and participants at the 15th Workshop on Pyrotechic Combustion Mechanisms

J Campos (2.fl), M Suceska (3.fl standing back), K. Hack (7.fr, standing back), S. Kelzenberg (9.f.r. standing back)

Round Robin Program:

Round robin Program-WPC-2018 final.pdf
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If you are interested to participate with yet another Thermochemical & Kinetics Code (not given below) please download the program and contact us at info@lutradyn.com

+++ Codes & Presenters +++

  • EXPLO-5, Prof. Dr. Muhamed Suceska, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • FACTSAGE-7.x, Prof. Dr. Klaus Hack, GTT Technologies, Germany
  • ICT, Dr. Stefan Kelzenberg, Fraunhofer, ICT, Germany
  • NASA-CEA, Dr. Ernst-Christian Koch, Lutradyn, Germany
  • THOR , Prof. Dr. Jose Campos, University of Coimbra, Portugal


+++Workshop Co-Chairs+++


Ernst-Christian Koch, Lutradyn

Sebastian Knapp, Fraunhofer ICT




+++Workshop Location+++  


Hotel-Restaurant Burgschänke

Schloßstr. 1

D-67661 Kaiserslautern (Hohenecken)




13th Workshop on Pyrotechnic Combustion Mechanisms

26. June 2017, at Fraunhofer ICT, Pfinztal/Karlsruhe, Germany


Photo von A. Koleczko

Z. Doorenbos (2. v.l.), C. Weinhold (6.v. l, hintere Reihe), B. Proud ((. v.l., vordere Reihe), A. Kuhl (13. v. l), L. Catoire,(7.v.r, vordere Reihe), M. Comet (1.v.r). Es fehlen A. Gromov und V. Weiser


Workshop Co-Chairs

  • Ernst-Christian Koch, Lutradyn, GERMANY
  • Sebastian Knapp,         Fraunhofer ICT, GERMANY


International Advisory Board

  • Marc Comet, ISL, FRANCE
  • Shingo Date, National Defense Academy, JAPAN
  • Nigel Davies, Defence Academy of the UK, UNITED KINGDOM
  • Ken Smit,       Defence Science Technology Group, AUSTRALIA




The Workshop on Pyrotechnic Combustion Mechanisms (WPC) has been founded in 2004. This occurred in an effort to provide a forum for scientists, engineers and technicians working in the field to facilitate an intensified exchange of ideas on the combustion mechanisms of pyrotechnic and other energetic materials. Since then the workshop is held intermittently adjacent to topically related conferences or seminars.



The workshop typically commences around 8 am with a get-together breakfast in the conference room, offering the opportunity to register and to meet with the presenters and other participants. Starting at 9 am the workshop features presentations of about an hour duration and sufficient time to facilitate discussion between the presenters and audience. Coffee breaks and a lunch break are held in the same room to avoid spread-out and unnecessary interruption of streams of thoughts. The workshop closes with a wrap-up session and dissemination of the presentations to the participants on a flash drive.

To get an idea about the concept access the free-of-charge proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Pyrotechnic Combustion Mechanisms down below on this page.


Past Workshops 2004-2017


  • 1st, 10 July, 2004, Fort Collins, USA,
  • 2nd, 27th June, 2005, Pfinztal, Germany.
  • 3rd, 15 July, 2006, Fort Collins, USA.
  • 4th, 25 June, 2007, Pfinztal, Germany.
  • 5th, 6 October, 2007, Beaune, France.
  • 6th, 12 July, 2008, Fort Collins, USA.
  • 7th, 22 August, 2009, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • 8th, 14 May, 2011, Reims, France.
  • 9th, 9 June, 2012, Denver, USA.
  • 10th, 25 May, 2013, Valencia, Spain.
  • 11th, 12 July, 2014, Colorado Springs, USA.
  • 12th, 9 July, 2016, Grand Junction, USA
  • 13th, 26 June, 2017, Pfinztal, Germany 
  • 14th, 25 June, 2018, Kaiserslautern, Germany


  To obtain individual reports please send an email to report@lutradyn.com For the full list of presentations see the document below.


Available WPC-Reports (2004-2017).pdf
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1st Workshop Proceedings - 2004 - free of charge!

Adobe Acrobat Document 12.9 MB