January 03, 2020

arc fault explosion caught with high-speed camera

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.

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plasma generator

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.

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Wolcott tours Sandia facility

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.

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students set up car at starting line while judge looks on

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.

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