Capabilities | Testing and Evaluation

Test and Evaluation
Blast Test
Testing
ARA Test Site at Socorro, New Mexico

ARA maintains an active large scale explosive testing program for evaluating the response of various structural systems (windows, walls, doors, expedient structures) exposed to actual blast loads.

We specialize in weapons effects testing to evaluate the effect of new and existing weapons. We cover the full range of sub-scale to full scale testing. We perform end-to-end services including design of the source, design and construction of test articles, design and emplacement of instrumentation and sensors, design and emplacement of high speed video, design of specialized data acquisition, and reduction and analysis of test data.

During the design phase we perform detailed engineering analysis of all test aspects to ensure high probability of a successful event and data capture.

We operate a complete instrumentation development laboratory and we operate two ARA explosive test sites and several government owned facilities under contract. Such tests can provide:

  • Proof of novel concepts
  • Validation of a product
  • Data to develop/improve/refine products and analysis tools
  • Product and project specific verification/validation of a particular design for a particular loading and a given performance level

New blast-mitigation technologies and designs are continually being developed. In some instances, these ideas look promising on paper, although their performance during an actual explosive event may be lackluster at best.

Alternatively, a tested system may also far exceed expectations. Because of the real-world results that these tests provide, the explosive test bed has become a proving ground's for both newly developed technologies as well as project-specific designs.

 

  • Urban Damage Urban Damage and Airblast Technical Support
    • Model projectile/thin-slab interactions
    • Analyze contacting detonation and breach
    • Partition embedded detonation and energy
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  • Heat Shield Ablator Material Screening and DevelopmentHeat Shield Ablator Material Screening and Development
    • Support NASA screening tests of ablator materials
    • Perform pretest analysis to support sample design
    • Fabricate arc-jet test samples of different sizes
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  • Modular Effectiveness /Vulnerability Assessments (MEVA)Modular Effectiveness /Vulnerability Assessments (MEVA)
    • MEVA code enhances analysis of 3D penetration and weapon
    • Target response and damage blast
    • Fragmentation collapse
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  • Reactive Material Testing - Lethality TestingReactive Material Testing - Lethality Testing
    • Develop full potential of weapons
    • Increase effectiveness
    • Provide baseline target lethality data for reactive fragments
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  • Explosive Testing BrochureExplosive Testing Brochure
    • Project specific validation
    • Data to develop, improve and refine protection products
    • Refine analytical tools and design methods
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  • Insulated Glass Units with Low E Coatings Insulated Glass Units with Low E Coatings
    • 4 open air explosive tests conducted to determine the response of IGS to explosive blast loads
    • 16 window samples tested
    • Compared between single pane window systems to equivalent glass thickness IGU systems
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  • Insulated Glass Units with Low E Coatings in Light Commercial FramesInsulated Glass Units with Low E Coatings in Light Commercial Frames
    • Evaluate the performance of insulating glass units in light commercial frames to a blast load
    • Varied specimen parameters tested
    • Window performance graded against the GSA Security Criteria
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  • Wet Glazed and Energy Absorbing Window SystemsWet Glazed and Energy Absorbing Window Systems
    • Evaluate the performance of wet glazed window units to a blast load
    • Varied specimen parameters tested
    • Window performance graded against the ISC Security Criteria
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  • Butt-Glazed Window SystemsButt-Glazed Window Systems
    • Evaluate the performance of butt-glazed window units to a blast load
    • Varied specimen parameters tested
    • Window performance graded against the ISC Security Criteria
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  • Thick Laminate TestsThick Laminate Tests
    • Evaluating the glass fragment hazard mitigation characteristics of thick layer laminated window systems
    • The standoff distance in feet varied for the testing
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