The Validation and Qualification Sciences Experimental Complex (VQSEC) at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico is a unique group of experimental and computational capabilities that create and/or simulate a broad range of extreme operational or abnormal environments. We provide access to a team with world-class expertise in a variety of mechanical, energetic, and thermal disciplines. Our approach spans the full life cycle – from concept development and requirements definition, to test system engineering design/analysis, to hazard assessment and safety theme architectures, to test execution across a range of temporal and dimensional regimes. Our facilities are complemented by state-of-the-art control systems, instrumentation, and diagnostic/photometric capabilities, enabling full system integration.

VQSEC facilities are secure and remote, and are routinely used to perform tests with energetic and hazardous materials including:

  • Detonation of large explosive charges
  • High velocity, high-g gas or rocket-assisted mechanical events
  • High heat-flux fire tests, across a spectrum of fuel types

Located primarily in Sandia's Technical Area III, VQSEC is conveniently located approximately 10 miles from the Albuquerque International Sunport.

VQSEC Test Facilities at Technical Area III
VQSEC test facilities in Technical Area III.