Non-Destructive Characterization and Evaluation

National Laboratory: 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Characterization Class: 
Non-destructive examination

At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Non-Destructive Characterization Institute, staff research, design, and build novel systems and methods for government, industry, and academia to understand and help solve their non-destructive characterization (NDC) problems.

Capability Bounds: 

LLNL’s Non-Destructive Engineering (NDE) Group has digital radiographic computed tomographic capabilities that range from a 50-nm spatial resolution and a 16-µm field of view to a high-energy, large-scale system that can provide 200-µm resolution on objects up to 10 m. Ultrasonic NDE capabilities include 3-axis and 5-axis ultrasonic testing (UT) immersion scanning system with adjustable working volumes to 90 cm × 45 cm × 130 cm and scanning resolution on the order of 100s on nm.

Unique Aspects: 

LLNL’s high-energy (6/9 MeV) linear- and area-array radiography detectors can image objects up to 10 m and as small as 30 cm at 8-mm and 200-µm spatial resolution, respectively. LLNL also has access to Advanced Light Source x-ray beamlines at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the McClelland Nuclear Research Center neutron imaging facility. LLNL’s explosive facilities can accommodate NDC explosive from a few grams up to 160 kg. LLNL also offers a Category 3 nuclear facility to NDC Special Nuclear Materials (SNM).


Use in this area is subject to U.S. Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration requirements pertaining to internal and external collaborations for reimbursable Work For Others.

Single Point of Contact: 

Name: Harry E. Martz, Jr., Ph.D.
Phone: 925-423-4269

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