Commercial Testing2019-02-02T22:36:41+00:00

Commercial Testing

The Virginia Tech Infrastructure Protection Research Group offers specialized commercial testing and consultancy services to academia, government, and industry. Clients can leverage the world-class equipment, facilities, and technical expertise at Virginia Tech to conduct testing to national/international engineering standards, evaluate and validate existing products, or perform focused research and development. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Our Capabilities

We provide a range of services, from blast and structural testing to blast effects analysis, protective design evaluation, and custom software development.

  • Gas-detonation shock tube | More info »
  • Versatile reaction fixtures to accommodate a wide range of specimens
  • High-speed data acquisition (16+ channels, 100 kilo samples per second)
  • High-speed cameras
  • Suite of sensors, including pressure transducers, LVDTs, strain gauges, accelerometers, and load cells
  • Remote firing and control station
  • Single-stage light gas gun | More info »
  • 3.15″ (80 mm) diameter bore
  • Capable of firing 1.5 lb (700g) projectile >3,300 ft/s (1,000 m/s)
  • Ultra high speed data acquisition system
  • Ultra high speed camera, 1,000,000 frames per second for 16 frames
  • Level III and Level IV NIJ Threats
  • Full-scale structural testing of building, bridge, and other engineering components
  • Thomas M. Murray Structures Laboratory | More info »
  • 3600 sq. ft. (350 m2) structural reaction floor
  • Loading frames to accommodate full-scale prototypes
  • Four closed-loop servo controlled hydraulic actuators (50 kips to 200 kip [220 to 900 kN])
  • Independent hydraulic actuators (20 kips to 400 kips [90 to 1,800 kN])
  • 3,000 kips (13,350 kN) uniaxial testing machine
  • Tension, compression, shear, and flexural testing
  • Concrete, masonry, steel, and composite testing capability
  • Dynamic, cyclic, creep and fatigue testing
  • Testing equipment with NIST-traceable calibration
  • IAS accredited testing as required
  • Testing per ASTM standards
  • Structural instrumentation, monitoring, analysis, and data processing
  • Conventional data acquisition systems for static and pseduo-dynamic testing
  • Wide array of camera equipment
  • Point cloud tracking
  • Customized test procedures and equipment designed to suit client specifications
  • In-house fabrication machine shop and instrumentation lab
  • Preliminary recommendations for blast mitigation options
  • Evaluation of blast-induced structural response and performance levels
  • High-fidelity nonlinear finite element analysis
  • Custom software development for streamlined engineering analysis and design