Friedman Research Corporation evaluates the safety of existing and new technologies transporting hazardous materials using sophisticated technology tools.  FRC has a stragetic  partnership agreement with Lawrence Livermore Labs under the Department of Energy program.

Cryogenic Research

Burn Test Heat Flux Design

Shaped Charge Research

Research on a UN-T70 cryogenic LNG tank  under fire conditions analyzed phase changes and effects of tank rupture.  The cryogenic tank  material can become soft at the boundary between fluid and gas thus creating the potential for a BLEVE type explosion.

Advanced CFD based tools are used to design sophisticated burner systems using alternative fuels, such as liquid propane,  to generate specific heat flux needed in burn-test experiments.  

FRC has studied the potential effects of shaped charge packaging and design on the classification of shaped charges for transport.  FRC used advanced simulation systems to evaluate the effects of shaped charge composition, geometry, type, packaging, and spacing, among others. The comparison of shaped charge types under fire conditions (cookoff conditions as well as accidental primer ignition has also been conducted.

Anti Terrorist Protection

Our anti-terrorist R&D has led to pipe line protection from terrorist blast threats using advanced composite technology.

Hazmat Transport

Explosion Simulation

We have created models of hazardous materials tanks such as specialized double wall tanks with insulation and other measures to maintain cold temperatures. For example, the consequences when transporting ammonium nitrate or propellant materials and a crash occurs exploding materials and resulting in serious damage and injury in the surrounding environment.

We apply advanced techniques and technology to represent the explosive characteristics of a wide variety of explosive chemicals and mixtures. The modeling of those high explosives or other materials involves ignition conditions as well as the effects of deflagration or detonation on surrounding structures. We use ALE3D as a tool to evaluate the effects of blast when chemistry considerations are important and LSDYNA when more simplified ignition and burn conditions are present.