Sandia Lake Facility

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Basic Specifications
Facility Name Sandia Lake Facility
Overseeing Organization Sandia National Laboratories Hydrodynamics
Hydrodynamic Testing Facility Type Wave Basin
Length(m) 57.3
Beam(m) 36.6
Depth(m) 15.2
Water Type Freshwater
Cost(per day) $5000-15000

Towing Capabilities
Towing Capabilities Yes
Maximum Velocity(m/s) 15.2

Length of Effective Tow(m) 45.7
Wavemaking Capabilities
Wavemaking Capabilities Yes
Maximum Wave Height(m) 0.9
Maximum Wave Height(m) at Wave Period(s) 3.0
Maximum Wave Length(m) 4.57
Wave Period Range(s) 3.0
Current Velocity Range(m/s) 0.0
Programmable Wavemaking Yes
Wavemaking Description Values listed are for a conceptual design yet to be implemented for the Sandia Lake facility.
Wave Direction Uni-Directional
Simulated Beach No

Channel/Tunnel/Flume
Channel/Tunnel/Flume None



Wind Capabilities
Wind Capabilities None


Control and Data Acquisition
Description Sandia Mobile Instumentation Unit (MIU) or portable Spectral Dynamics digitizers and recorders
Number of channels >300
Bandwidth(kHz) >1000
Cameras Yes
Number of Color Cameras 10

Description of Camera Types High speed (>10,000 fps), submersible, color, Particle Image Velocitmetry (PIV), Digital Image Correlation (DIC), etc.
Available Sensors Acceleration, Acoustics, Displacement, Flow, Force, Power conversion effectiveness and generation, Strain, Thermal, Turbulence, Velocity, Vibration
Data Generation Capability
Real-Time Yes
Data Comparison to Computational Models Sandia developed technology of Linking Experiments to Models Using Registration (LEMUR) integrates full-field measurements with Finite Element (FE) model predictions to provide time-resolved comparison results with quantified uncertainties.
Integrated Display/Graphics Sandia developed data analysis and visualization software called K2. 3D visualization capabilities can also be employed.
Other Data Capabilites The Tech Area 3 test facility has state-of-the-art instrumentation and diagnostics that are constantly maintained and up-to-date with the latest available capabilities for supporting a wide range of high profile, large scale testing.
Test Services
Test Services Yes
Utility Services Available 208V 3 phase, 100 amp; 120 V 20 amps single phase; water
On-Site fabrication capability/equipment Machine shop with lathes, milling, band saws, welding, small to large construction, etc.
Past Pertinent Test Experience High speed water impact, sensors and data acquisition, planning and program management of high-risk, high profile tests, high-speed photography, fuel/fire testing and analyses
Special Characteristics
Special Characteristics Yes
Types of Co-located facilities Large scale test facilities in Area 3: Shock facility, impact drop tower, sled tracks for ultra-high speed impacts, vibration, acoustic, centrifuge
Specializations, Capabilities, and Key
Facility Attributes Not Covered Elsewhere
Expertise in a broad range of capabilities applied to large scale testing, and ability to integrate that expertise to address challenging issues and solve complex problems.

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