Blast Containment Design


Contact Information

Scott A. Mullin
Program Manager
Ballistics & Explosives Engineering
(210) 522-2340
smullin@swri.org

P.A. Cox
Staff Engineer
Ballistics & Explosives Engineering
(210) 522-2315
pcox@swri.org

Image: CAD model of portable blast chamber for munitions disposal

CAD model of portable blast chamber for munitions disposal

 

Image: Los Alamos National Laboratory blast chamber

Los Alamos National Laboratory blast chamber

 

Image: SwRI engineers address environmental concerns related to explosions such as noise abatement and 
						pollution control.

SwRI engineers address environmental concerns related to explosions such as noise abatement and pollution control.

 

Image: FEA grid of Los Alamos National Laboratory spherical test vessel

FEA grid of Los Alamos National Laboratory spherical test vessel

 

Image: Los Alamos National Laboratory blast chamber

Los Alamos National Laboratory blast chamber

Containment structures are required for explosives processing, testing, and demilitarization. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has the expertise needed to solve unique blast containment problems associated with:

  • Blast effects
  • Field testing
  • Numerical modeling
  • Fabrication
  • Environmental monitoring

Our Engineering Dynamics Department staff can solve a containment problem from conceptual design through fabrication, proof testing, and installation.

Blast Containment Design Capabilities

  • Blast-resistant design
  • Explosives testing
  • High-speed recording
  • High-speed photography
  • Design-build capability
  • Dynamic finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Hydrocode analysis

Blast Containment Design Experience

  • Design, fabrication, and testing of portable demilitarization container
  • Design, fabrication, and testing of 22-lb high-explosives (HE) test chamber
  • Chamber life extension studies
  • Containment design for melt-pour HE production facilities
  • Development of tank optical wire-guided missile shields for Bradley fighting vehicle

Blast Containment Design Facilities

Related Terminology

high explosives • containment design • blast resistance • hazards evaluation • ballistics • missile shields • finite element analysis • hydrocodes • life extension study • fabrication • proof testing • field testing

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04/15/14