Protecting people and infrastructure against extreme loads

The Infrastructure Protection Research Group is home to the Virginia Tech Shock Tube Testing Facility, a new extreme load testing facility arriving March 2019 for simulating explosive blast loads on structures. Led by Dr. Eric Jacques, Assistant Professor in CEE Structural Engineering and Materials, the research group is committed to safeguarding the physical security and socio-economic well-being of the public against improvised terrorist bombings and accidental industrial explosions. Learn more »

RESEARCH

Our research expertise includes high rate blast and static testing of materials & structural components for protective infrastructure applications.

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SHOCK TUBE TESTING

Virginia Tech is home to the only large-scale gas-detonation shock tube for blast-induced structural testing at a university in the United States.

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Dr. ERIC JACQUES

With over 11 years experience in blast effects and protective design, Dr. Jacques is an accomplished expert in dynamic shock loads and high strain rate material behavior.

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