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Defense R&D and Engineering

Our talented team of engineers, physicists and computer scientists has decades of experience in research, development and testing for government agencies and private industry.

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R&D 1
Penetrator through reinforced concrete slab. Thornton Tomasetti
R&D 2
Penetrator through reinforced concrete slab. Thornton Tomasetti
R&D 3
Model validation of hydrostatic implosion. Thornton Tomasetti
R&D 3
Pretest prediction of bunker slab damage due to embedded detonation compared with two nominally identical slabs sectioned post-test. Based on correlation, the Department of Defense substituted NLFlex simulations for additional testing. Thornton Tomasetti

We are experts in nonlinear dynamic structural analysis, three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD), fire and thermal effects, structural acoustics, sonar, development of advanced analysis techniques and assessment of structures under blast loads. Much of our R&D work involves writing and maintaining computational software and development of fast-running tools for modeling blast, shock and impact loadings. Our clients including the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Homeland Security, among others can use these tools to analyze military and civilian structures subjected to terrorist and conventional weapons loadings both in air and underwater.

Our unique experience also includes:

  • UNDEX (underwater explosion) survivability, lethality and engineering support
  • Airblast survivability, lethality and engineering support
  • Shock testing: airgun, pond and deep-sea
  • Ship impact, collisions and grounding
  • Fleet sustainment applications and repair
  • Uncertainty quantification and reliability

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