The High Energy Test Environment facility (HETE) can provide a safe testbed that meet the most extensive safety requirements during testing at extreme energy levels. Driven by design criteria; testing under high pressure and high temperatures including large volume test objects, can be done in a safe and contained manner.
HETE is built around a state of the art test pit with the latest safety systems, developed in cooperation with the Norwegian Defence and NTNU.
Dimensions of test pit are; 20 m long, 2 m wide and 3 m deep. A “floating” pit-construction was selected, leaving the pit as a standalone object. This reduces the probability of damage to the surroundings of the facility in case of test failure. The total weight of the floating-pit is 400 metric tonnes, supported with a unique crash-box system to avoid impact damages internally to the pit walls and furthermore protecting the overall facility. Extreme testing has never been more safe.
Technical information (pdf)