Chemistry Laboratory

The WSMR Chemistry Laboratory is a modern, all purpose state-of-the-art facility with a varied menu of services for our Army, Navy, Air Force, NASA, Contractor, and Commercial customers.

The scope of work within the facility is subdivided into two broad areas:

Test Support and Environmental Analysis

Test Support Services include:

  1. Conformance testing of material such as petroleum, oil and lubricants, breathing air, missile and rocket propellants

  2. Explosives analysis of bulk material and breakdown products

  3. Failure analysis of mal-performing systems that have a potential chemical cause

  4. Toxic/noxious gas testing for incursion of missile and rocket exhaust by-products into crew cab breathing zones (man-rating)

  5. Special chemical problems for which no standard testing protocol exists

Environmental measurements are dedicated to the analysis of hazardous wastes, wastewater, ground and surface water, and soil in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency procedures. The laboratory has a full range of extraction and analytical equipment to perform SW 1311 Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) and analyses for volatiles (SW 8260), semi-volatiles (SW 8270), and metals (SW 6010B). Additional methodology includes measurements for corrosivity (SW 9040, 9045), ignitability (SW 1010), explosives (SW 8330), and PCBs in transformer oil (SW 8082 modified).

In accordance with ISO 17025, the Chemistry Laboratory maintains and utilizes a strong Quality Assurance/Quality Control program designed to demonstrate a high standard of accuracy, reliability, and impartiality is consistently applied to all environmental analyses. The Chemistry Laboratory is accredited to perform targeted environmental analyses in accordance with ISO 17025 and the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program.

The laboratory utilizes modern analytical instrumentation to answer chemical questions in a centralized lab setting and also uses portable equipment for data gathering in the field.

Instrumentation/Equipment includes:

  • Optima 4300 ICP/OES
  • Elan 9000 ICP/MS
  • Saturn 2200 Purge and Trap GC/MS
  • Saturn 2200 semi-volatiles GC/MS
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatograph
  • MOA II Wear Metal Oil Analyzer
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer
  • UV/VIS Spectrophotometer
  • Ion Chromatograph
  • Gas Chromatographs
  • pH Meters
  • Hydra AA Mercury Analyzer
  • TCLP Extractors
  • Automated & Semi-automated Flash Point Testers
  • Analytical Balances
  • Microwave Digestor
  • Laboratory Information Management System
  • Portable Gas Analyzers