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2018 News Releases

Solar tower exposes materials to intense heat to test thermal response

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories is using its solar tower to help assess the impact of extreme temperature changes on materials. The tests, now in their second year, take advantage of the ability of Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility to simulate a very rapid increase in temperature followed by an equally rapid decrease. […]

Arm-based supercomputer prototype to be deployed at Sandia National Laboratories by DOE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Microprocessors designed by Arm are ubiquitous in automobile electronics, cellphones and other embedded applications, but until recently they have not provided the performance necessary to make them practical for high-performance computing. Astra, one of the first supercomputers to use processors based on the Arm architecture in a large-scale high-performance computing platform, is […]

How microgrids could boost resilience in New Orleans

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — During Hurricane Katrina and other severe storms that have hit New Orleans, power outages, flooding and wind damage combined to cut off people from clean drinking water, food, medical care, shelter, prescriptions and other vital services. In a year-long project, researchers at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories teamed up with the […]

Sandia computational mathematician named SIAM fellow

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories computational scientist and mathematician John Shadid has been named a 2018 fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Shadid’s selection by SIAM was based upon his research on solution methods for multiphysics systems, scalable parallel numerical algorithms and numerical methods for strongly coupled nonlinear partial differential equations, […]

Sandia’s robotic work cell conducts high-throughput testing ‘in an instant’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Today with 3D printing you can make almost anything in a matter of hours. However, making sure that part works reliably takes weeks or even months. Until now. Sandia National Laboratories has designed and built a six-sided work cell, similar to a circular desk, with a commercial robot at its center that […]

Sandia’s Robot Rodeo provides training for bomb squads

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For a dozen years, robotics experts from the national laboratories have shared their skill with first responders who use robots for hazardous tasks by coordinating annual training competitions to help prepare them for dangerous real-world situations. Next week, Sandia National Laboratories will host the 12th annual Western National Robot Rodeo, a weeklong, […]

Catching dreams

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories in a new partnership with New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement, or NM MESA, has increased the number of students in Sandia’s Dream Catchers Science Program. The latest hands-on science and engineering program was recently held at the University of New Mexico-Gallup campus. Dream Catchers is designed for […]

Young women encouraged to blaze their own trails at Sandia’s Math and Science Awards

LIVERMORE, Calif. – More than 30 students recently visited Sandia National Laboratories’ California site to attend the 27th annual Sandia Math and Science Awards, a flagship program of the Sandia Women’s Connection. Every year, the Sandia Women’s Connection receives nominations from local high schools and hosts a ceremony to honor the award winners for their […]

International corrosion society elects first Sandia fellow

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A decade ago, while studying potential corrosion of containers for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada, Sandia National Laboratories materials scientist David Enos designed an intricate solution to a sticky problem. Computer simulations showed the likelihood of unusually high heat and humidity deep inside the repository. Temperatures would rise […]

A splash of detergent makes catalytic compounds more powerful

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — Researcher David Rosenberg examines images of a white powder under a powerful scanning electron microscope. Up close, the powder looks like coarse gravel, a heap of similar but irregular chunks. Then he looks at a second image — the same material produced by colleague Hongyou Fan instead of purchased from a catalog […]

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