Original Date: 08/08/1994
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Underwater Explosion Test Ponds
In response to the Navy's continuing requirement for underwater explosion (UNDEX) tests on ships, submarines, and installed equipment, CSTA has constructed small and large UNDEX test ponds.
Reaching dimensions of up to 1000 feet in diameter and 150 feet deep, the two UNDEX ponds provide CSTA with the capability of conducting underwater explosion shock tests of large scale submarine and surface ship structures weighing up to 2200 tons. Each test can be fully instrumented to include pressure measurements, acceleration, strain, velocity, ballistic shock, vibration, flash, and thermal effects. In addition, high speed and ultra high speed film and video imaging can be provided.
UNDEX tests can now be performed by CSTA in its ponds, thereby avoiding the adverse environmental impacts of the current Navy at-sea testing practices. Further, test costs utilizing the UNDEX ponds are significantly less than the cost of similar tests conducted at sea. This results in a considerable savings to Navy programs.
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