Wilfred E. Baker Test Facility

Full-scale and custom testing for many needs.

The 160-acre Wilfred E. Baker test facility is located 30 miles southeast of San Antonio and includes a 9,800 sq. ft. high-bay test building, which houses one of the largest and most fully featured Shock Tubes in the world.  The WEBTF is the home of multidisciplinary testing teams evaluating high-speed projectile behavior, flammable material dispersion, and jet fire. The teams here also conduct custom/specialty testing and experiments for clients worldwide, including litigation support. Full engineering consulting services are available.

BakerRisk can design custom testing and evaluation solutions leveraging these resources for the most demanding and complex test programs, including product development.

WEBTF Test Apparatus and Infrastructure

  • Multiple Shock Tubes, including 16-ft x 10-ft Load Application Area
  • Dispersion and Jet Fire Test Pad
  • High-Speed/High-Pressure Projectile and Terminal Ballistics Research Test Pad
  • Underwater High-Pressure Release Test Pad
  • Drop-Test Apparatus
  • Severe-Load Static Test Apparatus
  • Vapor Cloud Explosion and Flash Fire Test Pads
  • Indoor Test Area for Customized Evaluation Programs
arial view of the Baker testing facility
arial view of Box Canyon Test Facility

Box Canyon Test Facility

Expansive testing space and research support.

The 2,300-acre Box Canyon Test Facility (BCTF), named for its unique topography, is located about 100 miles west of San Antonio, Texas in Kinney County. The BCTF is BakerRisk’s largest test facility and supports vapor cloud explosion (VCE) tests, deflagration load generator (DLG) tests, and many other one-off type tests (e.g., jet fire, pool fire, dispersions, etc.) in support of research and litigation.

All site apparatus can be operated from our control room building. There are also large open-space areas within the BCTF that can be utilized for other potential test programs, even those with high hazard potential.

BCTF Test Apparatus and Infrastructure

  • Vapor Cloud Explosion Pad
  • High Explosive Testing Range
  • Deflagration Load Generator (DLG) and Target Pad
  • High Explosives
  • Jet Fire and Custom Hazard Evaluation Test Area

San Antonio Materials Testing Lab

Metallurgical analyses and more.

Our materials engineering and evaluation services are supported by a materials laboratory in the San Antonio office that can perform metallurgical analysis or other specialized laboratory tests using optical and scanning electron microscopes (x-ray spectroscopy, ultrasonic thickness gauges, hardness testing) plus other state-of-the-art tools.

The 1,000-square-foot BakerRisk laboratory allows convenient access for staff and visitors. It is divided into three areas: an optical and SEM microscope room, a mechanical and preparation room, and a general test room. Three NFPA flammable-rated chemical storage cabinets ensure the safe storage of chemicals and samples.

BakerRisk laboratory test types:

  • Materials Engineering and Metallurgical Analysis
  • Combustion Tests
  • Chemical and Special Tests
Inside the San Antonio Testing Lab

Our Specialists

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