The HVIL team made an important leap forward today with its first successful target impact with a multiple-projectile package. Looking forward, we expect to broadening the scope of our projectiles further by widening the spectrum of projectile sizes and materials available for testing.
Today, HVIL finished installation of the new 450 kV, dual-head flash X-ray system. This new system will greatly improve our ability to perform in-situ hypervelocity impact damage characterization.
With our partners at Optical Diagnostic and Imaging Laboratory (ODIL), HVIL added Schlieren imaging capabilities for our ultra high speed camera. With this new capacity, HVIL is now better equipped to research and analyze hypervelocity shock events.
The HVIL team added new equipment for testing projectile interactions with weather events. This is just one more step in the longer journey of studying environmental repercussions on hypervelocity impacts.