National Laboratories' Instrumentation capability provides a unique
resource to capture highly reliable and NIST-traceable measurements
from a variety of sensors at any of the laboratories’ facilities or at
The instrumentation capability includes two dedicated semi-tractor
trailers: the Mobile Instrumentation Unit (MIU) and the Mobile
Instrumentation Data Acquisition System (MIDAS). A third
semi-tractor trailer is configured to perform mobile command and
control functions with RF and/or hardwire communication links for
hazardous applications requiring unmanned operation of the MIU.
The instrumentation capability also includes five small portable
systems that are capable of mobile deployment to support laboratory or
field experimentation. These systems are contained in a portable
VXI crate that can be configured for 32 channels in eight channels per
card. Each channel includes amplifiers, digitizers, bridge signal
conditioners, and low pass filters. Each VXI crate is controlled
using software operating on a laptop computer.
Finally the instrumentation capability includes shock-hardened portable
systems that are custom designed and fabricated for on-board
measurement of sensors in extreme shock environments (i.e., earth
penetration, high speed impact, artillery firing, etc).
All of the recorded data is supported by a data analysis and plotting package, “K2”.
K2 is a Sandia developed analysis packaged based on Stearns and David
“Signal Processing Algorithms”*. K2 is an upgraded version of the
“KAPP” data analysis plotting package developed by Sandia for use in
the MIDAS Instrumentation Trailer. Data can be supplied to the
customer in a variety of formats and a K2 viewer package can be
supplied to customers along with the data.
Published in three versions by Prentice-Hall; Signal Processing
Algorithms, (1988), Signal Processing Algorithms in Fortran and C
(1993), Signal Processing Algorithms in MATLAB™(1996)
Self-Contained Mobile Instrumentation Systems
Portable Instrumentation Systems
Hardened On-board Instrumentation Systems