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Explosive Effects and Testing

To solve practical problems related to the effects of explosions, impacts, and fire on materials and structures in both military and commercial settings, SRI's Poulter Laboratory conducts extensive research and creates simulation scenarios. SRI also operates one of the largest, best equipped, privately owned explosives testing facilities in the world.

Products and capabilities include:

  • Low-pressure dilute explosives

  • Scale-model structures

  • Natural-gas-fire experiments 

  • A wide range of impact experiments

  • Explosive detection systems and other counter-terrorism solutions 

  • Analysis of X-ray deposition, pulsed lasers, and shock waves on materials

  • Missiles and missile launch tubes

  • Methods for clearing landmines and obstacles in the surf zone

  • Improving the effectiveness of torpedoes

  • Simulating underwater explosions

Projects

Flammable Gas Testing to Improve Offshore Oil Platform Safety

Together with GexCon US, SRI is designing and conducting experiments to improve and validate tools used to minimize the risk of explosions or fires on offshore platforms.

SRI researchers examine a IPDM test device.

Remediating Unexploded Ordnance

SRI has developed a novel approach to safely and efficiently render harmless weapons and ammunition that are no longer needed for military use.

canisters of hydrogen stacked up next to a flammability warning sign

Hydrogen Safety Research Program

SRI has partnered with Sandia National Laboratories to provide the data necessary to ensure that hydrogen can be used safely as a transportation fuel.

An SRI researcher observes FRASTA images on a computer

FRASTA: Fracture Surface Topography Analysis

SRI has developed a breakthrough technology for diagnosing and predicting fatigue failure in pipelines, aircraft, bridges, power plants, and other structures using quantitative 3D fractography.