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Bastille day fireworks from Montparnasse - source


Dr Graham MANTON CChem, CSci, FRSC, MIExpE

Etching of the royal fireworks display on the Thames 1749 - source

Pyrotechnics are exciting materials used for commercial and military applications. In the commercial context, they are most well known as being used in fireworks.

The presentation will provide an overview of pyrotechnics including the basic principles of how pyrotechnic effects (light, colour, heat, sound, gas) are produced, and how they are harnessed in military pyrotechnic devices. It will also consider degradation and safety of pyrotechnics.

Graham has over 40 years' experience working with pyrotechnics, primary explosives and explosive devices. He has undertaken extensive research in several areas related to explosives. Graham presently provides expert advice on pyrotechnics and primary explosives to the UK Ministry of Defence.

While we can't recreate any rock concert style flashes or bangs, the lecture promises to be very illuminating.

Hogmanay party Edinburgh - source


Wednesday March 14, 2018

Arrive for refreshments at 19:00 and the lecture at 19:30

Venue: University of the West of England, Bristol, BS16 1QY - Room 2Q49

Members and non-members are welcome.

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