Shock Physics Building

This custom-designed building with 17 laboratories houses the WSU Institute for Shock Physics

What is shock physics?
Examining how materials behave under ultra-high, ultra-fast compression.  

Now you know…

  • The most powerful chamber gun on site is capable of achieving an implact velocity of seven kilometers per second, which is just over 15,658 miles per hour.
  • The Compact Pulsed Power Facility is one of only two in the U.S. 
  • Shock wave research at WSU began with theoretical studies in the late 1950s. 
  • Today, WSU is a leading national resource in shock wave & static high pressure science.
Shock Physics Building.
The Shock Physics Building is located next to the Kate B. Webster Physical Sciences Building.