Researchers Simulate Shock Waves Nuclear Weapons Could Face Using a Blast Tube

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Sandia National Laboratories simulate complex blast scenarios with specialized testing.

Sandia National Laboratories develop, engineer, and test the non-nuclear components of nuclear weapons. They are one of three National Nuclear Security Administration research and development laboratories. 

In this interesting video from the lab, researchers are using a blast tube to simulate extreme blast and reentry environments. The testing is happening at the Validation and Qualification Experimental Sciences Complex which combines large-scale environmental test facilities with advanced engineering and diagnostics to solve complex national security problems. 

The blast tube testing is part of a two-year project to simulate conditions a nuclear weapon re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere could face if another nuclear weapon went off nearby. Wavefront imaging captures the action at 35,000 frames


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