Blast Mitigation Testing
Infrastructure Defense Technologies contracted with The Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC), affiliated with the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, an internationally recognized facility that and has over 50 years of expertise in explosives research and testing, to perform blast testing research on our Metalith™ perimeter security barriers. EMRTC specializes in the research, development, and analysis of energetic materials for both industrial and government clients.
EMRTC's 40-square-mile field laboratory is located in the mountains west and adjacent to the Institute's campus in Socorro, New Mexico.
The field laboratory contains over 30 test sites, gun ranges, storage sites, and other research facilities, allowing for a complete range of research and testing activities.
EMRTC specializes in the following areas of research and development:
On February 3, 2004 Infrastructure Defense Technologies utilized the EMRTC personnel and facilities to explode two high order detonations near five (four major and one minor) previously-erected sections of the Metalith protective barrier system walls to obtain blast pressure attenuation data and observe the physical results of the explosions at various pre-determined standoff distances from ground zero. View Blast 1 video for the four Metalith barriers and Blast 2 video for the 3-foot standoff.
Metalith blast test layout at EMRTC
Metalith barrier sections were placed 20 feet, 40 feet, 50 feet, 80 feet, and 160 feet from ground zero of the first test's high order detonation, a 15-passenger van filled with explosives.
During the second test, a mini van packed with explosives was detonated 3 feet from the barrier wall that was located 160-foot from the first high order detonation.
Blast Attenuation Data
The table below shows the direct blast data developed for Infrastructure Defense Technologies by the EMRTC. The blast data recorded by the test sensors indicated that most backside blast pressures were attenuated by over 96%!
Source: EMRTC Test Data obtained 2/3/2004
* Sensors did not record the psi for the 160-foot barrier during the testing.
We have restricted the total blast test information for obvious reasons. More information is available for personnel with the proper clearances.
Metalith Blast Test Barrier Performance
20-Foot Standoff - Blast 1
40-Foot Standoff - Blast 1
80-Foot Standoff - Blast 1
160-Foot Standoff - Blast 1
3-Foot Standoff - Blast 2
Infrastructure Defense Technologies' Metalith blast mitigation and K12 anti-ram vehicle barriers are designed to stop intruders attempting to penetrate a facility's perimeter security borders using vehicles or explosive devices.
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