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.