Research

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Laboratory

We have field and laboratory capabilities to measure electrostatic environment generation, storage, and charge transfer effects. Non-contact electrostatic field surveillance techniques are available to monitor charge generation of conductors or dielectrics, and induction or physical contact charging of wiring or pin voltage for electrical system components.  The Sandia severe personnel electrostatic discharge simulator, with a maximum charge voltage of 25 kV and risetime of approximately 1 ns, is available for insult evaluations of components or systems.  A furniture discharge charge simulator is presently under development along with a capability for detonator sensitivity evaluations.