Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Arson and Explosives Investigation (AEI)
Center for Fire and Explosives, Forensic Investigations, Training and Research (CENFEX)


CENFEX is located within the School of Forensic Sciences at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. CENFEX facilities include lecture halls, a training laboratory, research and analysis labs, and explosives range. The lecture halls have state-of-the-art display capabilities linked to distance-learning systems. The training laboratory has 24 student workstations, each equipped with a heat-resistant work surface and fume extractor. The training laboratory also has audio/video equipped fume hoods linked to display screens. The explosives range is located a short distance from the School of Forensic Sciences. 


CENFEX has a fully operational Explosives Measurement and Test Instrumentation Lab, with the capability of evaluating and testing all types of explosives, and energetic materials, including improvised explosives in both a laboratory environment and a range setting to simulate real world conditions.

The following instrumentation is available in the CENFEX laboratory:

  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS)
  • Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LCMS)
  • Bureau of Explosives (BOE) Impact Test Instrument determines the energy necessary to initiate an explosive or other energetic material via impact energy input.
  • ABL Friction Apparatus is used for testing to determine the energy required to initiate a sample by friction energy application.
  • Explosives Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) machine used to determine the response of an explosive when subjected to various levels of electrostatic discharge energy.
  • BAM Friction Device Instrumentation  The “BAM” Small-Scale Friction Test, and the methods used to determine the friction sensitivity pertinent to handling energetic materials.
  • FirstDefender™ RMX Handheld Chemical Identification (Thermo Scientific™)  Quickly identify unknown solid and liquid chemicals down range including explosives, toxic industrial chemicals, chemical weapons, narcotics, precursors, and white powders.
  • TruDefender™ FTX/FTXi Handheld FTIR for Chemical Identification (Thermo Scientific™)  Mitigate the potential risk of an unknown chemical threat with fast, accurate identification of explosives or hazardous materials.


CENFEX has a 320-acre range facility located 45 minutes from the CHS campus. The new multidisciplinary range is currently being developed for transportation (Boeing 777 & 737 platforms, small/midsize aircraft, bus and vehicle exploitation), explosive ranges, medical simulation training, shoot house and mock city applications.


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