THIOT INGENIERIE has been developing laboratory launchers for nearly 30 years. We have established ourselves as leader in this cutting-edge sector and have delivered over 60 gas guns to the most prestigious research centres and universities throughout the world.

Our single-stage gas guns are the best equipment to test the behaviour of your materials and structures subjected to shock stress at speeds of around 1200 m/s, as well as for certification testing and to support you in the development of products.
We make customized laboratory gas guns with high repeatability results and offering unrivalled performance. These are designed to be equipped with the most sophisticated metrology tools to satisfy your most demanding requirements.

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A firing velocity of up to

1200

12 to 350 mm

calibre

1 ms

gas release time

± 1 %

of repeatability

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Your needs

In order to develop new products that are more effective with regard to fast dynamics, you need to study the behaviour of your materials and structures subjected to high strain rates.
You would like an equipment to analyse the response of structures when subjected to shock stress or you require certification testing in the aeronautics, defence or civil engineering sectors for impact velocities of up to 1200 m/s.

Our solution

We offer you our renowned expertise to enable you to easily carry out your own ballistic tests on all types of materials (e.g. concrete, steel, nickel, composites, polymers, polycarbonates, etc.), regardless of the nature of the projectile (e.g. balls, cubes, hailstones, tires, bullets, arrows, jelly bird strikes, etc.). We manufacture the laboratory gas gun you need.

REDUCED COSTS

Our gas guns are robust and effective, requiring only minimal consumables and maintenance. This saves you time and money in each of your test campaigns.

SAFETY

Our gas guns comply with standard 97/23/EC and are always pressure tested by an independent body prior to delivery. Optimal safety guaranteed.

EASE OF USE

Choose between manual triggering or fully-automated triggering with a touchscreen. Your launcher will be user-friendly whichever you choose.

FIRING-PARAMETER PREDICTION MODULE

With CESAR—our ballistic prediction software developed in-house by our experts—your operators will be able to define the necessary firing parameters for successful testing.

FULL TRAINING

We provide you with both theoretical and practical training on the use of your launcher, so that you can get the very most out of it.

SUPPORT

Wherever you are in the world, we will carry out the maintenance work on your laboratory launcher and will be happy to advise you if you have any questions as to how you might improve your use of the machine.

100 % reliable

No untimely firing, even if a seal is damaged. The high-speed valve used to trigger firing is controlled in a safe and reliable manner. It is designed so that the valve cannot open before the operator has given the command signal.

Our laboratory launchers are designed to avoid any pyrotechnic restrictions and are therefore 100% compatible with the university environment.

Scalable

Our single-stage gas guns are designed to accommodate optional units, which are automatically recognised by the control/command system when connected to the launcher. This allows you to easily increase the performance of your test equipment. Our launchers may also be used with barrels of different calibres.

Firing-range chambers to suit your needs

We also custom-design firing-range chambers that will allow you to carry out your tests however you desire (ballistic tests, plate impact tests and other material characterisation tests). These accommodate all of the necessary instruments for your tests, such as speed-measurement systems, high-speed cameras, X-ray equipment, strain gauges, and interferometry equipment. The ergonomics have been well-designed to simplify configuration.

Why Thiot Ingenierie?

OUR EXPERIENCE

Our company has now been designing test equipment for our clients in the military, aeronautics, aerospace and research sectors for nearly 30 years. We are currently world leader in the field of impact testing, ballistic testing and fast dynamics.

WE PUT OURSELVES IN YOUR SHOES

As well as designing launchers, we also have our own test laboratory and so have on-hands experience of the situations that you experience. We are always on the lookout for development opportunities and constantly innovate to provide you with the best-performing equipment on the market.

OUR TEAMS

Our company employs 30 of France's leading experts (designers, technicians, engineers and scientists). Our excellent knowledge of our clients' spheres of activity allows us to respond to each of their requests with an effective and tailor-made solution.

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