INL scientists are recognized experts in ion mobility and secondary ion mass spectrometry as applied to trace explosives detection systems. They perform explosive forensic analysis, design improved sensors and develop detection testing protocols and standards.
INL scientists and engineers also have extensive expertise in bulk explosives detection technologies and are involved in the development and demonstration of the Idaho Explosives Detection System for cargo truck inspections at entry points to Department of Defense facilities. INL is also developing other bulk explosives detection technologies for DHS and DoD customers such as modifying its award-winning detection technology - the portable isotopic neutron spectroscopy system (PINS).
INL has the capabilities to test a wide range of explosives threats, measure their effects on structures and protective barriers, and evaluate the effectiveness of potential countermeasures. INL's explosives test range enables our scientists to safely detonate large-scale explosives, record dynamic effects, measure/record pressure-time histories, crater size, barrier damage, and the extent of the debris. These test data are then used to validate blast effects models, enhance the accuracy of vulnerability assessment models, and support the development of improved protective structures.
Additionally, INL maintains a Class II, Division I Operations Room for explosives assembly and a BATF-certified magazine for explosives storage.
INL is conducting research in diverse areas addressing a multitude of explosives related issues.
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