The University of Wollongong (UOW) has unveiled a large-scale controlled blast #simulation facility that will enable #researchers to better understand blast behaviour, which will lead to improved security and safety of people and infrastructure.
The National Facility for Physical Blast Simulation (NFPBS) at UOW’s 3000 square-metre research laboratory in Russell Vale comprises a purpose-built blast simulator that is the largest of its kind in the world.
The blast simulator uses compressed gas or gaseous mixture detonation to create an explosion that sends a #shockwave down the chamber, mimicking the behaviour of a real blast.
A high-speed #data acquisition system and high-speed cameras are used to record multiple channels of data related to blast pressure, structural deformations and material strain.
Professor Brian Uy, Head of the School of Civil #Engineering at the University of Sydney, said the laboratory environment would allow for repeatability of experiments. “Repeated testing will enable #engineers to optimise the #design of structural components for blast resistance and potentially reduce their cost while maintaining the integrity of the materials and components and ultimately the safety of the community.”