Defence and Security
HSE Testing and monitoring 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 personnel.
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.
To find out more about our
test capabilities for defence and security, please
Martin Thomson on +44 (0)203 028 2096
Materials and Explosives Testing
Explosives Mechanical Sensitiveness
HSE Testing and monitoring 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
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, we possess 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 our
battery testing specialists can initiate and monitor the failure of
cell and battery packs.
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.
HSE Testing and monitoring has outdoor test pads that have
been approved for use with all forms of explosives.
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