Explosives Lab

Queen's is the only university in Canada which has a well equipped Explosives Test Facility which is located 50 km north of Kingston. The facility includes a bunker equipped with an ultra high speed streak and framing camera, digital oscilloscopes, a portable data acquisition system, VOD monitors, a Hycam high speed camera and two Locam relatively high speed cameras. The facility also has two blasting chambers for the study of dust explosions and gaseous products of detonation.

On-campus equipment includes a gas chromatograph, digital image analysis systems for fragmentation analysis and numerical modelling tools for the analysis of explosives performance and sensitivity as well as the calculation of damage, fragmentation and throw in commercial blasting applications.