Advanced Explosives Processing Research Group (AXPRO)

The Advanced Explosive Processing Research Group (AXPRO) mission is to leverage the research, facilities, processes, capabilities and experience of the Colorado School of Mines Mining Engineering Department to assist customers with explosive research and testing.

AXPRO was established in 2002 to investigate explosive applications such as rock fragmentation, explosive properties, explosive welding, explosive synthesis and the effect of explosives on structures and humans. AXPRO was established with the encouragement of industrial and government partners to meet the heightened demand and immediate need for highly trained explosives professionals in both private and government sectors. AXPRO is positioned to leverage the unique strength in undergraduate and graduate engineering at one of the premier engineering institutions in the world. The group has grown to currently employ five full-time technical staff working to deliver research value to our partners. This technical staff also helps to oversee AXPRO’s graduate and undergraduate explosive research programs at Mines. The research scope is focused on developing practical solutions for unique applications in partnership with industry and government

Colorado School of Mines (Mines) is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science located in Golden, Colorado. It has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the U.S. In addition to strong education and research programs in traditional fields of science and engineering, Mines is one of a few institutions in the world having broad expertise in energetic (explosives) education and research.

Recently, Mines has expanded the existing undergraduate program to include a graduate Materials Science of Energetic (Explosives) Materials Program program.

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