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NSWC Dahlgren Division to Establish New Facility for Environmental Testing; Shawn Schneider Quoted

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) operates three facilities for environmental testing, and plans to add a new one next year.

The division's next laboratory will provide multi-axis vibration testing that would allow engineers to simultaneously trial the three axes of a weapon or computer system intended for naval use, Naval Sea Systems Command said Monday.

"Not only are we engineering the right tests, but we’re also going out and making sure the current military standards are right," said Shawn Schneider, a vibration subject matter expert at the division.

He added that his team is doing more research to surpass existing standards and challenge the norm. The team develops products based on needs of the warfighter, the front-end consumer and the country's citizens who rely on national security, Schneider noted.

NSWCDD’s existing environmental testing facilities are located at the Potomac River Test Range and the Explosive Experimental Area.

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