It's a Blast: Facility in Texas Provides Full Scale
State of the Art Testing
The commercial blast testing facility HTL West, in Lubbock, Texas, celebrated
its first anniversary in October. HTL West is one of the sites in
the United States where manufacturers, architects and others can
witness full-scale arena blast testing of glazing products. The
facility specializes in blast resistant testing for glazing systems,
used for new construction and retrofit applications under full-scale
The Texas facility, one of three operated by HTL, headquartered
in Rivera Beach, Fla., offers a remote location for blast testing,
45 minutes from the Lubbock International airport.
"This enables our clients to witness the tests personally,
without a major disruption to their schedules," says Steven
Samuels, manager of the Lubbock facility.
"We offer full scale arena blast testing instead of just shock
tube testing," says Samuels. "Our clients prefer full
scale testing because they have access to more data and the reliability
of a real explosion. We can capture better video, and record data
generated from the negative phase of the explosion."
The Lubbock facility offers a high security-testing environment,
which is critical to the security of most government projects.
"There is only one road into the test arena, so we are able
to ensure only authorized persons enter the test site," says
September 11 provided the impetus for the opening of the new blast
facility, according Vinu Abraham, general manager of HTL's headquarters
in Riviera Beach, Florida, which specializes in hurricane testing.
"Until then we were focused primarily on hurricane testing,
and opening another hurricane test facility in Atlanta. But 9/11
changed all that."
The Texas facility capabilities include, but are not limited to,
testing to ASTM-F1642, GSA (General Services Administration), and
the UFC (Unified Facilities Criteria). The facility currently has
four single span blast reaction chambers and one twin span blast
reaction chamber. Dimensions vary, and each chamber can accommodate
most types of glazing configurations.
for more information or call 561-881-0020.