Defence and Security
HSL recognises the challenges faced by organisations in the
defence and security sector when tasked with assessing and
controlling risks and protecting the health and safety of
We offer defence and security organisations a range of dedicated
engineering, test and evaluation facilities supported by the widest
skills base of any UK health and safety organisation.
Examples of large-scale test and evaluation work we have
conducted for defence and security clients includes impact testing
of materials and equipment; the measurement and risk control of
explosions and testing the suitability of Personal Protective
Equipment for use in hazardous environments.
Materials and Explosives Testing
Explosives Mechanical Sensitiveness
HSL can help you to quantify the relative ease with which an
explosive or other energetic material may be initiated or ignited
by mechanical stimuli (i.e. impact or friction).
Our facility comprises a laboratory of testing equipment that
complies with UK, UN and EC requirements, a sample preparation room
and a storage room.
Explosives Railway and Tunnel Facility
For the purposes of testing rail transport security and
understanding incident consequence, HSL possesses a section of
railway, a train and a tunnel representative of those found on
underground/metro rail systems.
High Pressure Combustor Facility
Utilising a Rolls-Royce 'Tay' combustor can and operating with
either liquid or gaseous fuels (e.g. kerosene or methane), a
combustion flame can be generated at very high pressures and
temperatures: typically up to 70 bar and 2000 K.
This high presssure jet release can be used for a range of
testing and research.
Battery Safety Facility
Used to study the risks arising from battery manufacture,
transport, storage and use, our battery safety chamber is a
purpose-built enclosure with a separate control room from which
HSL's battery testing specialists can initiate and monitor the
failure of cell and battery packs.
For full details, click here.
Our 25mm bore gas gun can test projectile masses typically
ranging from 1g to 1kg at speeds up to Mach 1, with the potential
for more depending upon requirements. The gas gun enclosure has two
ports for high speed video that can enable co-efficient of
This facility can be used for test coupons, whilst a large
enclosure also allows us to test components.
(inc. Strong Floor)
Our Engineering Laboratory houses a range of test equipment
including: 50t/150t/250t universal test machines; a Rosand impact
machine, and a strong floor.
This equipment is suitable for benchmarking materials and for
small component testing.
HSL's outdoor test pads have been approved for use with
all forms of explosives.
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