Please recommend a company that can do shaped charge tests?

#1
Hello all,

Can anyone please recommend a company that can do static shaped charge tests under high speed photography? The charges themselves are 5 cm in diameter. The company is to manufacture the hollow charges without a liner, which I will provide along with the target.

The subcontractor that I was going to use for my tests (who shall remain unnamed) kept delaying a response until my Defform 10 was due, and then suddenly provided a quote for double their original estimate at the 11th hour. Hence I am looking for a new one.

I've approached Cranfield Ordnance Test & Evaluation Centre, Blastech and Millbrook Proving Ground for quotes today, and am awaiting their response. I would like to get more quotes so I can fully consider my options.

Thanks.
 
#2
ohhhh.

I've got a number on a post-it under my desk talc for just such a firm...
 
#4
You've grabbed some of the main ones..

what about:

OTS

or

QinetiQ

would I recommend either...hmmm. I've used both and they have thier good and bad days.

S_R
 
#7
OTS have a website - Ordnance test Solutions Ltd.

QinetiQ you will need to approach the commercial front end...thier trials guys can't agree anything direct.

S_R
 
#12
Roughly, to the nearest ten, how many times to the anti terrorism squad knock on your door per month?
Haha! They do a good job and keep their surveillance discreet.

Good thing I didn't post about my cost saving idea to do the tests myself, because then people might ask how many times Special Branch knock on my door.
 
#13
There used to be a Mines/Quarries Research Type Establishment in Buxton, Derbyshire who I believe still do explosive tests and the such like. (They used to do in the 70's as I used to hear them).

Are they the type of company who could help.

Mind you its bleak up there this time of year so take a warm coat and waterproof boots.
 
#15
There used to be a Mines/Quarries Research Type Establishment in Buxton, Derbyshire who I believe still do explosive tests and the such like. (They used to do in the 70's as I used to hear them).

Are they the type of company who could help.

Mind you its bleak up there this time of year so take a warm coat and waterproof boots.
They would certainly have the paperwork for explosives testing, but whether they do shaped charges or high speed photography is another question.

I could try asking them if you have their name though.
 
#16
There is a company in Kent who do explosive testing. I used to work in Sevenoaks area and you could hear them performing tests and a company close to our office used to sell them equipment. Their name may have already been mentioned here, I don't know it and just tried to google with no luck on it.
That HAS to be a WAH!

Boffin - check your PMs... Just stay away from Catweazle!
 
#17
No it wasn't actually! Bit fick me. I realise it might sound like one and how it sounds a bit dumb. I am aware of what's there but believe there is a commercial element as well? Maybe? No? OK.
err yes but no but yes but...

... I doubt if that bit of the nuthouse is available for private testing!
 
#18
No probably not. I dont know all that much about the place in fact, dont know why but I never really looked into it very much. I've driven by a few times but that's about it,
... maybe something to do with the armed guards and "teeth on a rope" perhaps...?
 
#19
err yes but no but yes but...

... I doubt if that bit of the nuthouse is available for private testing!
You could possibly get access to the facility through QQ, although I know FHD has a very wierd relationship with QQ. And QQ have thier own facilities that they would use anyway. I know OTS use MOD facilities as they don't have thier own, so again it may be possible for them to go to FHD, but when I've used them they used Otterburn ranges.

As HE117 implied, probably best to avoid the loopier part of Kent.

S_R
 
#20
They would certainly have the paperwork for explosives testing, but whether they do shaped charges or high speed photography is another question.

I could try asking them if you have their name though.
Details are;

HEALTH AND SAFETY LABORATORY
HARPUR HILL
BUXTON
DERBYSHIRE
SK17 9JN

TEL; 01298 218000

If you go there keep a eye out for the marauding Rams and Walabies.
 

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