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Thermal Pulses for Boeing Test Article

On June 26 and 27, a series of exposures were made to multiple Boeing test articles using the heliostat field and the high speed shutter located at the test bay 140 above ground in the solar tower at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility. The exposures were made at various flux levels and used between [...]

By | 2019-11-20T21:35:26+00:00 September 6th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, EC, Energy, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Thermal Pulses for Boeing Test Article

NASA’s Solar Tower Test of the 1-Meter Aeroshell

This test is part of a series in support of NASA’s In-Space Propulsion Technologies (ISPT) program. An aeroshell allows a spacecraft to use friction from a planet’s or moon’s atmosphere as a braking force—allowing the probe to carry less fuel (for braking rockets) and permitting that now-available space and mass to be used for mission-relevant [...]

By | 2019-11-20T21:35:25+00:00 August 23rd, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Solar, Videos|Comments Off on NASA’s Solar Tower Test of the 1-Meter Aeroshell

Cyber-Based Vulnerability Assessments

Digital Instrument and Control (I&C) is an integral part of the nuclear power industry in the United States. I&C systems monitor the safe, reliable and secure generation and delivery of electricity and could have potential cyber vulnerabilities. At Sandia National Laboratories, cyber-based vulnerability assessments are conducted on multiple I&C platforms deployed in the nuclear industry [...]

By | 2018-07-30T20:00:18+00:00 August 21st, 2012|Comments Off on Cyber-Based Vulnerability Assessments

Severe Accident Modeling

Supporting nuclear energy efforts by developing risk margins, creating risk assessments, sequencing nuclear reactor accident progression, and performing reactor consequence modeling. Severe Accident Modeling Fact Sheet MELCOR Fact Sheet MACCS Fact Sheet

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Probabilistic Risk Assessment

Evaluating the risk associated with operating a facility by evaluating the frequency of accident sequences and the consequences of potential accidents. Probabilistic Risk Assessment Fact Sheet Bayesian Networks: Decision Support for Complex Systems Sodium System and Component Reliability Database (NaSCoRD)

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Human Reliability Assessment

Identifying potential human errors and systematically estimating the probability of those errors occurring as a step toward estimating a system’s total risk.

By | 2018-07-30T20:28:25+00:00 August 21st, 2012|Comments Off on Human Reliability Assessment

Fire Science

Investigating the effects of fire on a variety of nuclear energy applications and components including cables and electric circuits, shipping casks, spent fuel assembly, and liquid sodium. Fire Science fact sheet

By | 2018-07-30T20:27:36+00:00 August 21st, 2012|Comments Off on Fire Science

Transportation Safety

Developing and applying technology to assure the safe transportation of radioactive and hazardous materials. Transportation Safety Fact Sheet RADTRAN Fact Sheet

By | 2018-07-30T20:26:45+00:00 August 21st, 2012|Comments Off on Transportation Safety

Uncertainty Analysis

Assessing the uncertainty present in any complex problem is an essential part of its analysis and is many times required by major US and international regulatory agencies. Uncertainty Analysis Fact Sheet

By | 2018-07-30T20:01:18+00:00 August 21st, 2012|Comments Off on Uncertainty Analysis

Air Force Research Laboratory Testing

Recently, personnel from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Albuquerque utilized the site at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF) to evaluate seismic and optical activity from explosives set off at locations east and west of the facility. Some of the explosives were set- off above ground and some below. The shots varied [...]

By | 2019-11-20T21:35:25+00:00 August 17th, 2012|Concentrating Solar Power, Energy, Facilities, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, News, Renewable Energy, Solar|Comments Off on Air Force Research Laboratory Testing