Ballistic and Impact Dynamics Research Lab - Wichita State University - National Institute for Aviation Research

Ballistic and Impact Dynamics Research Lab

Ballistic and Impact Dynamics Research Lab

The Ballistic and Impact Dynamics Research Lab provides testing and materials research associated with high-energy projectile impacts of aircraft structure, equipment and components. The lab is designed specifically to better understand the dynamics of impact and material performance.


  • Fire ballistic projectiles from 22-50 caliber rounds
  • Can accommodate various projectile styles
  • Tumbling rounds for various calibers and ammunition (required for most pressure vessel specifications)
  • Rounds can be fired from various distances: 25, 50, 75 and 100 feet
  • Drop tests for up to 35 ft.
  • Over-pressure burst testing and high-risk testing
  • Ballistic impact of materials or structure under load
  • Ballistic protection and impact loading
  • Test of pressure vessels and oxygen tanks
  • Bonfire testing
  • Environmental testing


  • 25ft x 25ft x 35ft reinforced concrete containment
  • Control room where clients can safely monitor all aspects of the test and record numerous streams of high speed video, pressure, temperature and strain data
  • Located at the world renowned Aircraft Structural Test and Evaluation Center

Questions? Contact Mariah Smith (316) 978-8284

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