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The High Explosives Applications Facility (HEAF) at LLNL's main site is a DOE/NNSA complex-wide Center of Excellence for high-explosives research and development that has enabled national leadership in the study of chemical high explosives. Scientists apply expertise in formulation and synthesis, integrating experimental data with computer simulations to understand energetic materials. HEAF has seven large fully contained firing tanks for testing explosives and can safely detonate experiments with up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of chemical high explosives analyzed with state-of-the-art diagnostics. The facility also has a 100-mm research gun that fires into a specially designed tank for high-velocity-impact studies.