Completed in 2005, the Thermal Test Complex comprises multiple test cells, ovens and a laser lab for controlled fire experiments. Prior to the completion of the facility, all liquid fuel fire tests took place at Sandia's Lurance Canyon Burn Facility which is still used today for large outdoor experiments. Radiant Heat tests were performed in a building that no longer exists.
Tests range in size from small-scale experiments using lasers, to large-scale tests that burn custom-made structures and models. Team members change variables such as temperatures, wind speed, and materials to see how the test objects fare under abnormal and extreme conditions.
The Thermal Test Complex exists primarily to support Sandia’s mission of nuclear weapons safety. The Thermal Test Complex workload supports a mix of nuclear deterrent missions and commercial and non-commercial customers through Sandia's strategic partnership program.
Thermal Test Complex Test Cells: