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March 1998 1 2 7 TA and Facilities Descriptions Facility Hazard Categories
Table 4-18 identifies the facilities at TA-39 that fall into a facility hazard category because of the
type of operations performed in the facility. Nuclear Facility Hazard Categories
No buildings at TA-39 are categorized as nuclear facilities. Non-Nuclear Facility Hazard Categories
Thirteen facilities at TA-39 are categorized as L/ENS, and two facilities are categorized as L/RAD. Buildings Categorized L/RAD Laboratory/Office Building

This Laboratory/Office Building (Building 2, Figure 4-20, Sheet 4) supports work involving HE,
neutron research, x-ray sources, and DU. Categorized both as L/RAD and L/ENS, it is shown on
the figure as L/RAD. Neutron Flux Storage Building
The Neutron Flux Storage Building (Building 138, Figure 4-20, Sheet 2) is also located at this site.
This building is used for storing sealed plutonium/beryllium neutron sources. Buildings Categorized L/ENS Firing Site PT-6

Firing Site PT-6, also called Firing Chamber #1, Building 6 (Figure 4-20, Sheet 2), is the firing site
for the NHMFL, a consortium of LANL, the University of Florida, and Florida State University. Ex-
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periments at NHMFL usually involve HE detonations and high-voltage discharges from the energy
storage capacitor bank, which produce extremely intense magnetic fields and electromagnetic
pulses. The experiments are supported by operations involving HE storage and handling, machine
shops, heavy equipment, laboratory preparations, data analyses, and administrative support.
The organizations that provide these functions are located at TA-39. Firing Site PT-88
TA-39 is the home of Firing Site PT-88, also called Firing Chamber #2 (Buildings 7 and 57, Figure
4-20, Sheet 1), which is used to study high-energy-density properties in experiments that use explosive-
driven pulsed power. The primary diagnostic techniques are photographic methodologies
and electrical measurements. Various phenomenological aspects of explosives, interactions
of explosives, and explosions acting on other materials are also investigated. In some cases, the
explosion is contained; however, open detonation is used for most tests. Gas Guns
Equation-of-state experiments to determine the properties of materials at extreme conditions are
carried out in Buildings 56 (Figure 4-20, Sheet 2) and 69 (Figure 4-20, Sheet 4). These experiments
use the two-stage gas gun in Building 69 and the single-stage gas gun in Building 56.
Several facilities support these activities, including Building 89, the Gas Gun Support Building
(Figure 2, Sheet 4). Capacitor Bank Bunker
The Capacitor Bank Bunker (Building 95, Figure 4-20, Sheet 1) is categorized as L/ENS. Other TA-39 Buildings Categorized L/ENS
Buildings 3 (Magazine), 4 (Trim Building), 5 (Ready Magazine), and 77 (Magazine) (Figure 4-20,
Sheet 3) are used for HE storage. Building 54 (Transportainer, Figure 4-20, Sheet 2) is used for
storing thermite. HE is used in Building 111 (Pulsed-Power Building, Figure 4-20, Sheet 3). Nonhazardous Facilities
The rest of the buildings at TA-39 house operations that are considered to be nonhazardous.


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