For over four decades, our experimental work has fueled innovation, validated design practices, and spurred the growth of new analytical techniques worldwide. We are at the forefront of research on blast effects, process safety, and structural response to impulsive loading. To maintain this position, we operate two large-scale test facilities: the Wilfred E. Baker Test Facility located in La Vernia, Texas, and the Box Canyon Test Facility near Uvalde, Texas. We also operate a metallurgical and combustion laboratory in our San Antonio corporate office.
Wilfred E. Baker Test Facility
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.
Box Canyon Test Facility
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.
San Antonio Materials Testing Lab
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.