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As a university facility, the ARC provides an opportunity for students to simultaneously learn about and conduct experimental research. Coupling this environment with the fact that most of the research involves high speed aerodynamics and detonation experiments leads to the need for many safety precautions. All of our large-scale experiments are consequently run remotely from a concrete-reinforced control room. We also have video cameras that can be placed around a test to view it from several angles. We participate in university evaluations to improve safety and ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations. Our authorized lab users complete general hazardous communication training. The UT Arlington Office of Environmental Health and Safety may also be contacted for technical questions. One very important safety aspect of this lab is the use of and storage of chemicals and gases. All chemicals should be associated with a material safety data sheet (MSDS). It has been said that good experimental results take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. While the sweat and tears are primarily based on the individual student, we do try to minimize the blood. All of our large-scale experiments are run in a build-up approach to minimize the potential for large explosions stemming from unforeseen design flaws.
Campus safety documents
Site specific HazCom training
Hazard communication program