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CTH Training

We offer "Introduction to CTH - A Shock Physics Analysis Package" twice yearly in Albuquerque.

Course topics: CTH theory, problem generation and setup, basic equation of state and constitutive properties, programmed burn, explosive detonation, tracer points, running on parallel computers, boundary conditions, fracture, post-processing and an introduction to Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR). Numerous examples will be discussed with plenty of hands on computer time in laboratory exercises.

Prerequisites: You must be a Sandia employee or onsite Sandia contract employee or have an active CTH license to attend the class. Because CTH is an export controlled code, you must be a U.S. citizen or green card holder or have an approved export license from the U.S. Department of State to attend the class.

If you'd like to be added to the CTH email list (to receive information on CTH releases and training dates), please email Dave Crawford ( with your request.

Upcoming Classes

The next four day CTH training class is scheduled at Sandia for June 4-7, 2018. The class will be held in room 3400A/B on the third floor of the IPOC building (Innovation Parkway Office Center) which is at the extreme southern end of Eubank Blvd on 1611 Innovation Parkway SE, Albuquerque 87123. We will be providing computers on site for the training. You will be allowed to bring any electronics into the class (laptops, cell phones, blackberries, etc.) and you can have a non-Sandia laptop with you but you won’t be allowed to connect it to our network.

Per Sandia policy, we will not be providing refreshments of any kind nor can we allow food or drink in the classroom. We will be taking frequent breaks and a lunch break each day. There is a break room nearby if you would like to bring a bag lunch although there will be sufficient time to dine out if desired.


The course is free.

If you are a Sandia employee or onsite contractor, you can register for CTH100 on TEDS.

If you are not a Sandia employee or onsite contractor, please contact Deborah Maestas ( to register.

Approximate Course schedule

We plan to start the class at 8:00 AM each day. Lectures will finish by 5:00 all days except the last day, when we will finish by 2:30 for those of you wanting to catch afternoon flights.

1st day: CTH overview, Problem setup, Beginning problem execution
2nd day: Finish problem execution, Introduction to Spymaster, Example problem.
3rd day: Introduction to Shock Physics and Strength Modeling (guest lectures), Introduction to Adaptive Mesh Refinement
4th day: AMR Problem Setup, Advanced Topics (lectures will finish by 2:30)

We recommend that you come to the class with an application for CTH in your mind with a simplified description of the geometry and materials. You will have opportunity during the week to get started on that. Remember to bring a pencil or pen. We will be providing a hardcopy of the course notes for you to scribble on.

David Crawford: