Analysis of Small-Arms Muzzle Flash Thermal Behavior and Bullet Velocity Calculations Using High-Speed Thermal Infrared Imaging

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
15:00 GMT/UTC
11:00 AM US Eastern Time
Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Saute, Telops
Sponsored by GRSS

 

Analysis of Small-Arms Muzzle Flash Thermal Behavior and Bullet Velocity Calculations Using High-Speed Thermal Infrared Imaging

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Muzzle flash analysis refers to the collection and exploitation of visible and thermal radiation signatures generated by the expulsion of high-temperature and pressure combustion gases from the muzzle produced during the discharge of a firearm. Muzzle flash characteristics are highly dependent upon attributes of both the firearm and ammunition including firearm make and model, barrel length, ammunition caliber and grain. Characterization of small arms muzzle flash is an important first step in the development of muzzle flash suppression systems, hostile small arms fire detection, and other critical defense technologies.

In this webinar, we will present high-speed thermal infrared imaging data collected on muzzle flashes generated from a variety of small arms configurations. Data collection and processing strategies are discussed and a method of calculating bullet velocity immediately upon discharge from the barrel is presented. This bullet velocity calculation method is used to compare the exit velocity characteristics of 3 different small arms configurations.

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SPEAKER’S BIO:
Dr. Benjamin Saute is a Field Applications Engineer with Telops. He earned a doctorate degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 for work related to detection of trace levels of pesticides using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Following his graduate work, Ben went to work for MRIGlobal in Kansas City, supporting U.S DoD and other government programs as a subject matter expert in optical spectroscopic methods. Ben began working at Telops in January 2019 as a Field Applications Engineer and is currently responsible for high-level technical support to Telops customers and outreach to the broader scientific community.

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