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Sandia supplies essential element to local science classrooms

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Thanks to a donation by Sandia National Laboratories, public high schools in Livermore now sport colorful, extra-large periodic tables that include the city’s namesake element, Livermorium. Livermorium is a synthetic element discovered though experiments at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Russia. The International Union of […]

New Sandia balloon-borne infrasound sensor array detects explosions

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sheets of plastic similar to that used for garbage bags, packing tape, some string, a little charcoal dust and a white shoebox-size box are more than odds and ends. These are the supplies Danny Bowman, a Sandia National Laboratories geophysicist, needs to build a solar-powered hot air balloon for detecting infrasound. Infrasound […]

Small, NM businesses key factor in Sandia’s 2017 economic impact

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories increased its spending with small companies in New Mexico and nationwide in fiscal year 2017, according to the labs’ latest economic impact report. “These annual numbers show that Sandia continues to make a positive impact on the New Mexico and national economies, particularly through utilization of small businesses,” said […]

Pioneering smart grid technology solves decades old problematic power grid phenomenon

Sandia’s controls use real-time data to reduce inter-area oscillations on western grid ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Picture a teeter-totter gently rocking back and forth, one side going up while the other goes down. When electricity travels long distances, it starts to behave in a similar fashion: the standard frequency of 60 cycles per second increases on […]

Sandia computer modeling aids solder reliability in nuclear weapons

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Solder isn’t the first thing that comes to mind as essential to a nuclear weapon. But since weapons contain hundreds of thousands of solder joints, each potentially a point of failure, Sandia National Laboratories has developed and refined computer models to predict their performance and reliability. “Computational modeling of solder joint fatigue […]

Reducing the traffic jam in batteries

Sandia researchers make solid ground toward better lithium-ion battery interfaces LIVERMORE, Calif. – Research at Sandia National Laboratories has identified a major obstacle to advancing solid-state lithium-ion battery performance in small electronics: the flow of lithium ions across battery interfaces. Sandia’s three-year Laboratory Directed Research and Development project investigated the nanoscale chemistry of solid-state batteries, […]

Goodyear, Sandia Labs mark 25 years of using computer simulations to improve tire design

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In a collaboration almost as old as technology transfer itself, Sandia National Laboratories and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company have worked together for 25 years to create better vehicle tires and more advanced computational mechanics. “You might wonder how national defense systems relate to tire engineering,” said Susan Seestrom, Sandia’s chief […]

Superior hydrogen catalyst just grows that way

Sandia, University of California project aimed at reducing cost of hydrogen fuel cells ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Replacing your everyday gas guzzler with a hydrogen fueled car could drastically reduce your carbon footprint. So why don’t we all make the switch? One of reasons we don’t is the expensive platinum catalyst required to operate hydrogen fuel […]

Optical Society elects two Sandia researchers as fellows

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researchers Hope Michelsen and Jeff Tsao have been elected fellows of the Optical Society. Michelsen was elected for pioneering contributions to the fundamental understanding of laser-radiation interactions with soot particles through laser-induced incandescence, absorption and scattering, and using laser-induced incandescence to assess environmental impacts of carbonaceous particle. Tsao was […]

New engine optics to fuel future research

Sandia team develops optical diagnostic that helps improve fuel economy while reducing emissions A new optical device at Sandia National Laboratories that helps researchers image pollutants in combusting fuel sprays might lead to clearer skies in the future. An optical setup developed by researchers at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility and the Technical University of Denmark […]

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