The single stage Shock Tube apparatus has been developed by the investigators and is being used extensively for testing of materials subjected to shock loading. The Shock Tube consists of a 1.8m long driver section and a 5.5m long driven section separated by a diaphragm, having a constant inside diameter of 76.2 mm over the length of the tube. Sheets of Mylar (stretched polyester film) are utilized as the material of choice for the diaphragm. The velocity and magnitude of the pressure wave produced by the Shock Tube can be varied by increasing or decreasing the number of Mylar sheets comprising the diaphragm. The system can provide up to 10 MPa reflected pressure at a shock wave velocity of 1200 m/s (Mach 4). To provide protection for investigators, the outlet region of the shock tube exits into an enclosed, hardened chamber with shatter-proof windows, providing visual access for imaging while also ensuring the safety of research personnel.