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Structural Component Testing

Explosion Effects Testing

BakerRisk specializes in, and is well known for our explosion effects testing. Our blast engineers have conducted hundreds of explosion tests and BakerRisk has provided explosion testing services for over twenty-five years. The explosion effects testing includes customizing and developing test programs from the initial planning phase to the design and build segment, predicting blast loads to position instrumentation, analyzing and interpreting results, and reporting results. The explosion effects testing has been instrumental in supporting blast methodologies, predicting blast loads, supporting litigation, and development of methods to mitigate explosion hazards.

Our test facilities provide a critical component of this effort, enabling us to perform experimental research and development, and conduct testing on explosion effects and other one off tests to support our client’s needs. BakerRisk’s explosion test facility is unique in the industry and offers a wide range of testing capabilities including:

Vapor Cloud Explosion Testing

The Vapor Cloud Explosion (VCE) test range is used to measure the blast loads from a VCE. The site has the capability to conduct VCE tests that range from slow speed deflagrations to deflagration-to detonation transitions (DDT).

Deflagration Load Generator (DLG) Testing

Full scale VCE testing on structural specimens (i.e., trailer, tent, blast resistant building, etc.) is conducted with the DLG test rig. The free-field blast loads at the target location are predicted to be up to 5 psi for 50 milliseconds with a centrally peaked blast load. The full scale testing is intended to provide product validation for blast resistant structures.

Jet Fire Testing

Jet fire tests conducted by BakerRisk have focused on the impact of jet fires on entire structures i.e., office buildings, trailers, shipping containers, and blast resistant modular buildings that are common at petrochemical facilities. Data from the jet fire test program are intended to provide a better understanding of the hazards associated with jet fires, assist in understanding mitigation options, and refine the computer models used for facility safety assessments.

4×4 Propane explosion

Propane explosion with Large Obstacle