AICHE North Jersey Dinner Meeting: Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) of Gun Propulsion Charges

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 6:00pm-9:00pm EDT
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In-Person / Local
Posted by Katherine Gawel
58 Eisenhower Pkwy
Roseland, NJ
United States
DINNER MEETING: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
“Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) of Gun Propulsion Charges”
Scheduled Speaker: Elbert Caracava
Chief Scientist, Propulsion R&D – Picatinny Arsenal
Additive manufacturing, (i.e.; 3D printing) of various materials such as metals and ceramics is growing in popularity as a practical and effective manufacturing method. This technology has blossomed over the past few decades and is starting to become cheaper and more available. Utilization of this technology for the manufacture of gun propellants enables charge designers to realize very complex geometries in comparison to today’s standards of gun propellants. The benefits of 3D printing technology for gun propulsion development are being investigated in an effort to increase the piezometric efficiency of gun systems. The next generation gun propulsion solution will be realized through additive manufacture of highly engineered complex propulsion charges.
Mr. Elbert Caravaca has 15 years of experience at US Army ARDEC spanning Gun Propulsion research and development and production in various ammunition systems. He currently serves as the Chief Scientist for Propulsion Research and Development at ARDEC. His other major responsibilities include serving as the Joint Insensitive Munitions Technical Program co lead for MATGV Gun Propulsion, as well as the Technical Project Officer of three International Data Exchange Agreements; Netherlands, Canada and Japan. Mr. Caravaca received a B.E. Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and a M.E. in Engineering Management also from Stevens, and is currently enrolled at NJIT pursuing a PhD in Material Science and Engineering. He is Six Sigma Black belt certified, and mentors various green belt teams at ARDEC.