A new Detonation Research Test Facility (DRTF) is being built on The Texas A&M University System RELLIS Campus, adding to its array of capabilities for solving complex global problems.
Dr. Elaine Oran, a world authority on the physics and chemistry of explosions, will lead a team at the DRTF in examining how flammable gases and other materials interact and sometimes — though not always — detonate on a massive scale.
The discoveries could help prevent horrific mining, industrial and home accidents, predict the path of wildfires and make high-speed engines run more efficiently. It could potentially improve the understanding of supernovas.
The Texas A&M System Board of Regents approved a plan to invest $5 million for the construction of what is likely to be the largest university-based facility of its kind in the world.
Dr. Elaine Oran
- Professor, O’Donnell Foundation Chair VI