Diagnostics & Testing

One of the critical components for R&D of energetic materials is the ability to test new explosive materials quickly and safely. To support our R&D work, a test chamber capable of testing up to 5 kg TNT was built and commissioned in 2008.

The diagnostic equipment include the 450kV Flash X-ray system for shaped charge, explosively-formed projectiles (EFPs) and fragmentation studies. A high-speed video camera (up to 1 million fps) can be used to capture detonation events as well as to study terminal effects. Pressure transducers can be easily connected inside the chamber to measure blast effects.