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Mechanical Testing

"Standard Test Methods for Tension Testing of Metallic Materials" E8/E8M-11, ASTM International (2008). ASTM standard (E8) used for tension testing guidance, with tests in constant displacement mode 2 tests were performed: at room temperature and at 650 °C Post-mortem metallography was performed on both samples Room-Temperature Tensile Test Room-Temperature Metallography [...]

By |March 26th, 2014|Comments Off on Mechanical Testing

Diffusion Bonding Characterization

Research Goal 1. Tensile specimens prepared from diffusion-bonded block of 316/316L SS2. Micrograph showing good grain growth across the diffusion bond3. Small defects in bond area may not impact overall strength—but could lower design life, due to crevice corrosion Diffusion bond strength, defects, and corrosion behavior must be understood before they can [...]

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Heat-Exchanger Development

Planned Heat-Exchanger Test Loop Capabilities 500 kW heaters (elec.) 500 kW gas cooler Unbalanced flows Dedicated system accepts novel mixtures and additives Facility Goal Provide testing capability for 1 MW-scale commercial and prototype heat exchangers used at any position in current and future Brayton layouts Path Forward to Commercialization What we are going to [...]

By |March 26th, 2014|Comments Off on Heat-Exchanger Development

Radiation Effects Sciences

At the core of Sandia National Laboratories nuclear weapons mission is the reliability and survivability of a variety of system components and materials in radiation environments. In support of that mission, Sandia has established unique capabilities for generating a wide range of radiation, from the pulsed, high energy X-rays of HERMES-III to the mixed neutron-gamma [...]

By |May 1st, 2013|Comments Off on Radiation Effects Sciences

Nuclear Energy Systems Laboratory (NESL) / Transient Nuclear Fuels Testing

Sandia National Laboratories is home to the United States’ only operational pulsed nuclear reactor capable of a comprehensive range of transient nuclear fuels testing. The Annular Core Research Reactor (ACRR) was specially designed to provide high power pulses (up to 300-MJ) in very short amounts of time (6-millisecond pulse-width), which allows the ACRR to compete [...]

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Solar Electric Propulsion

Bringing together expertise in advanced Brayton power conversion systems, concentrated solar collector technology and space system design and analysis, Sandia National Laboratories (partnering with Northrup Grumman Aerospace Systems and the University of Michigan) has developed a solar electric propulsion concept capable of a wide array of missions for NASA. This multipurpose space vehicle concentrates [...]

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Nuclear Energy Systems Laboratory (NESL) / Brayton Lab

Nuclear Energy Systems Laboratory (NESL)/Brayton Lab Sandia National Labs has established the Nuclear Energy Systems Laboratory (NESL)/Brayton Lab to research and develop closed Brayton cycle (CBC) technology for highly efficient thermal-to-electric power conversion. While CBC’s have generated power since 1939 using air as the working fluid, the testing at Sandia’s Brayton Lab [...]

By |June 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Nuclear Energy Systems Laboratory (NESL) / Brayton Lab

Advanced Nuclear Energy

The Advanced Nuclear Energy Programs Group conducts research and development in advanced technologies for both the front- and back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle to ensure energy and environmental stability in the interest of national security.  The Advanced Nuclear Energy Programs Group’s primary customer is the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE). [...]

By |March 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Advanced Nuclear Energy

Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Our nuclear energy and fuel cycle technologies supports the safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable use of nuclear power worldwide through strengths in repository science, nonproliferation, safety and security, transportation, modeling, and system demonstrations. Areas of Expertise Defense Waste Management Sandia advises the U.S. Department of Energy in support of the [...]

By |November 10th, 2010|Comments Off on Nuclear Fuel Cycle