UK: New blast laboratory to help protect against terrorist attacks


A new world class laboratory that is set to develop an unprecedented insight into the behaviour of explosives – data which could help to improve the UK’s ability to protect against terrorist attacks – is being launched by engineers at the University of Sheffield.

The first of its kind facility, led by Dr Sam Clarke from the University’s Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, could help academia and industry to better optimise materials that are capable of resisting or mitigating the effects of explosions.

Thanks to £1.3 million of government funding as part of the World Class Labs initiative announced today (6 January 2021), the Sheffield researchers are building a new laboratory that will provide a safe environment in which explosive, fragment and ballistic tests can be conducted whilst allowing the highest possible spectrum of data to be collected.

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Source: Mirage News