Sandia LabNews

High-energy arcing faults

High-energy arcing faults are high-power electrical discharges between two or more conductors that can release tens of thousands of amps of current. In a power plant, such a fault can spread quickly, which is just the thing Sandia researchers are trying to prevent by finding a new way to peer into the flames. Those flames are filled with useful information that can help keep power plants operating safely.

Images in a trillionth of a second

A collaborative plasma research facility to help researchers worldwide study low-temperature plasmas, the most pervasive state of matter in the universe, is being stood up by Sandia. The 5-year, $5.5 million project, called the Sandia Low Temperature Plasma Research Facility, is sponsored by DOE’s Office of Science.

Strengthening the international nuclear security community of practice

The IAEA and NNSA recently cohosted the 28th International Training Course on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities at Sandia. The three-week session provided 59 participants from 40 countries with the knowledge and practical skills to effectively define, design and evaluate physical protection systems for nuclear facilities.

Ambassador Wolcott visits Sandia

Ambassador Jackie Wolcott and Global Material Security NNSA/DOE Senior Advisor Maegon Barlow toured Sandia’s Center for Global Security and Cooperation with Associate Labs Director for Global Security Doug Bruder in December. Ambassador Wolcott is U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Experiential design at California campus showcases Sandia mission

Recently tasked by Division 8000 leadership with helping to raise the profile of the Livermore site, the California communications department has developed a strategy and concept that will modernize high-traffic spaces and use experiential design to create an engaging experience across the campus.

Built for speed

In its 12th year, the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge brought students from across the state to Albuquerque in November to race their team-designed model electric cars head-to-head down a straightaway course.