Monday, August 21, 2017
 Facilities

RMSL maintains a mixed-use facility that includes chemistry laboratory, small-scale blast chamber, electrical and mechanical design, fabrication, storage, offices, and meeting space in southwest Denver, CO metro area. The chemistry lab includes a ductless fume hood, sealed glove-box for hazardous materials synthesis and handling, and common fabrication equipment is on hand for light manufacturing. RMSL maintains an inventory of laboratory and field test instrumentation equipment including high-speed data acquisition systems, high-speed cameras, and dynamic measurement gauges/transducers. RMSL also utilizes an in-house blast chamber to evaluate small-scale energetic events.


Additionally, RMSL employs a suite of privately-owned and operated explosive test ranges that offer a best-value match to the type of testing needed. This variety of ranges ensures short lead-time to testing, minimized costs, and appropriate security for each program. Below is a sampling of our preferred large-scale test sites. A complete listing of test sites is available upon request.


RMSL also prides itself on its mobile abilities. With the mobile field-chemistry lab , RMSL is able to deliver to CONUS locations within 48 hours. This portable lab provides on-site synthesis, testing, and training related to hazardous materials [especially improvised explosives] that cannot be certified for transport on public roadways.



With over 35 combined years of experience in explosives research and  6,500+ test, RMSL is proud to specialize in research, development, testing, and analysis of energetic materials for both corporate and government clients. With a wide variety of scientific and technical disciplines, RMSL offers:

  • Modeling & simulation
  • Synthesis & formulation
  • Prototype manufacturing
  • Characterization testing
  • Lab & field analysis
  • Training


Equipment utilized in the Chemistry Laboratories includes the following:


Characterization:


  • TA Instruments Q2000 Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
  • The Q2000 is a research-grade DSC with superior performance in baseline flatness, precision, sensitivity, and resolution. Advanced Tzero technology and multiple exclusive hardware and  software features make the Q2000 powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use.
  • TA Instruments Q50 Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) a compact, general-purpose  thermogravimetric analyzer that typically outperforms competitive research-grade models. 
  • Its integral mass flow control, gas switching  capability, superb software, and ease-of-use make the Q50 ideal in basic research, teaching, or in industrial laboratories that need quality results.
  • TA Instruments TAM III
  • TAM offers maximum sensitivity, flexibility, and performance. It can be used with the most sensitive microcalorimeters and a wide variety of accessories to precisely control the experimental conditions. Up to four independent calorimeters can be used simultaneously with TAM III, to perform repetitive or different types of experiments. TAM III is totally modular and enables multiple calorimeters to be added to increase sample capacity or functionality. With the addition of a multicalorimeter holding six independent minicalorimeters, the sample throughput is substantially increased. TAM III employs patented thermostat technology to precisely control the liquid bath temperature to within 0.0001 °C, and can be operated in isothermal, step-isothermal or temperature-scanning mode.
  • Thermo Scientific DXR Raman microscope*
  • Thermo Scientific DXR Raman microscope provides Point and shoot Raman microscopy with exceptional sensitivity and spatial resolution for working applications. The Thermo Scientific DXR Raman microscope completely redefines the Raman microscope so that it meets the demands of busy laboratories, without sacrificing performance.
  • Thermo Scientific Nicolet iS50 FT-IR Spectrometer*
  • The Thermo Scientific Nicolet iS50, featuring purpose-built accessories and integrated software, is an all-in-one materials analysis workstation designed to help solve analytical challenges with ease. The highly flexible system can be upgraded from a simple FT-IR bench to a fully-automated multi-spectral range system that can acquire spectra from the far-infrared to visible.


Safety Testing:

  • Reichel and Partner GmbH BAM Friction Apparatus
  • The Friction Tester is used to determine the sensitivity to friction of solid, liquid or pasty substances according to the BAM method. It consists essentially of a cast steel base plate, a loading arm with notches, weights and the friction device with fixed porcelain pin and moving porcelain plate. The plate is fixed on a table that is moved once, by a motor, 10 mm back and forth. By using nine different load weights in different notches enables one to vary the loading force from 0.5 Kg up to 36 Kg 
  • Safety Management Services ABL Friction Apparatus*
  • The SMS ABL Friction Apparatus is a remote friction sensitivity testing machine that allows a quantitative analysis of an energetic materials sensitivity to be determined
  • Type 12 Impact Tester
  • Testing apparatus designed for MIL spec impact testing requirements
  • BOE Impact Tester
  • Testing apparatus designed for MIL spec impact testing requirements
  • Safety Management Services MBOM Impact Machine*
  • The MBOM Impact Machine can be run as an MBOM (Modified Bureau of Mines), Type 12, or BOE machine. The primary parts of the test apparatus are an anvil upon which the sample is placed, a moving hammer of known contact area that rests on the top of the sample, and a falling drop weight that strikes the moving hammer.
  • RMSL Electrostatic Discharge machine (ESD)
  • Remote ESD tester custom fabricated for RMSL to test the ESD sensitivity of energetic materials with a maximum charge of .25J.
  • Detonation Calorimeter
  • Fauske and Associates Advanced Reactive System Screening Tool (ARSST)
  • The Advanced Reactive System Screening Tool (ARSST) is a low thermal inertia calorimeter used to obtain critical upset process design data. The ARSST enables users to quickly obtain reliable adiabatic data which can be used for a variety of safety applications including characterization of material compatibility, thermal stability and emergency relief system design.  Test data includes adiabatic rates of temperature and pressure change.

 

*equipment in the process of being purchased.


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RMSL employs a suite of privately-owned and operated explosive test ranges that offer a best-value match to the type of testing needed. This variety of ranges ensures short lead-time to testing, minimized costs, and appropriate security for each program. Below is a sampling of our preferred large-scale test sites. A complete listing of test sites is available upon request. 


Pecos Research and Testing Center — A 5,800-acre site near Pecos, TX with large test pads and flexible schedules, this site is managed by Applied Research Associates and features multiple road-bed tracks for vehicle testing. 


Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center — Managed by New Mexico Tech University and co-located near Socorro, NM, this site boasts two large-scale test pads (with maximum allowable net explosive weights of 5,000 lbs) and numerous smaller pads along with gun ranges, a sled track, and other specialized facilities. 


Test Ranges

  • Aurora, CO – NEW 10 lbs, flash x-ray, gun-launch
  • Matador, TX – NEW 500 lbs, low-cost, flexible schedules
  • Lamesa, TX – NEW 50 lbs, exclusive use rights
  • Pecos, TX – NEW 9,000 lbs, good infrastructure, large site


 

Deliverable to CONUS locations within 48 hours, RMSL prides itself on its mobile abilities. This portable lab specially modified trailer-configured lab provides on-site synthesis, testing, and training related to hazardous materials (especially improvised explosives) that cannot be certified for transport on public roadways. This facility provides the work space, storage, and power for instrumentation racks and their operators.