Shock tube testing provides a source that that can produce blast pressures and durations that are of interest to the safety and security communities. A blast exposure that would require thousands of pounds of explosives in an open arena test can be accomplished with about a very small scale of conventional explosives, or a fuel air mixture, using the shock tube. Reflected pressures of up to 100 psi can be attained just outside the end of the tube.
Shock tubes offer a cost effective alternative when a large diameter blast source is not required. Common instrumentation options include: pressure gauges, strain gauges, accelerometers, displacement gauges and high speed visualization. Scow Miner can provide a wide range of support structure design and implementation.