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The Reusable Blast Test Fixture (RBTF), co-sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is a full-scale model of the cargo section of a wide-body, commercial passenger aircraft with significant internal structures (floors, frames, and luggage racks). The RBTF is a test fixture that yields accelerated and reproducible experimental results used to capture critical blast propagation, secondary fragmentation, debris phenomena, and characterization of blasts. Special features of the RBTF include pressure control to simulate typical cabin pressure incurred during flight and the ability to withstand these added effects and the effects of repeated blast testing. EMRTC/FAA scientists use the RBTF in terrorist explosive attack scenarios to evaluate responses of aircraft to energetic materials that may be carried onboard in the cargo and passenger sections of a commercial aircraft. The results of these tests are used to engineer safer aircraft for passenger travel.