Public Release: 28-Nov-2016 Aircraft inspectors have new Sandia course to help detect composite material damage
In the midst of holiday travel season, airline customers want to feel safe in the new aircraft made of composite materials. Sandia National Laboratories has developed a new course being offered to the airline and aircraft manufacturing industries on how to inspect solid-laminate composites in aircraft.
Public Release: 7-Oct-2016 Hydrogen-powered passenger ferry in San Francisco Bay is possible, says Sandia study
Nearly two years ago, Sandia National Laboratories researchers Joe Pratt and Lennie Klebanoff set out to answer one not-so-simple question: is it feasible to build and operate a high-speed passenger ferry solely powered by hydrogen fuel cells? The answer is yes. The details behind that answer are in a recent report, 'Feasibility of the SF-BREEZE: a Zero Emission, Hydrogen Fuel Cell High Speed Passenger Ferry.'
Public Release: 5-Oct-2016 Sled track simulates high-speed accident in B61-12 test
Sandia National Laboratories sent a mock B61-12 nuclear weapon speeding down the labs' 10,000-foot rocket sled track to slam nose-first into a steel and concrete wall in a spectacular test that mimicked a high-speed accident. It allowed engineers to examine safety features inside the weapon that prevent inadvertent nuclear detonation.
Public Release: 3-Oct-2016
IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing Turning to the brain to reboot computing
Computation is stuck in a rut. The integrated circuits that powered the past 50 years of technological revolution are reaching their physical limits. This predicament has computer scientists scrambling for new ideas. Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories will present three papers at the IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing held Oct. 17-19, highlighting the breadth of potential non-traditional neural computing applications.
Public Release: 7-Sep-2016
Nature Energy Fuel cell membrane patented by Sandia outperforms market
Industrial interest is expected in a vehicular fuel cell membrane able to excrete protons at the most effective temperature ranges, allowing electrons to form an unimpeded electric current.
Fuel Cell Technology Office, US Department of Energy
Public Release: 6-Sep-2016 X-ray vision: Bomb techs strengthen their hand with Sandia's XTK software
An image-processing and analysis software developed at Sandia National Laboratories has swept the ranks of the country's bomb squads. Called XTK, it has spread through the military and emergency response communities so rapidly that it's now in the hands of more than 20,000 users across the globe.
Public Release: 3-Aug-2016
Analytical Chemistry Researchers at Sandia, Northeastern develop method to study critical HIV protein
Mike Kent, a researcher in Sandia National Laboratories' Biological and Engineering Sciences Center, is studying a protein called Nef involved in HIV progression to AIDS with the ultimate goal of blocking it. He and his collaborators have developed a new hybrid method to study this HIV protein that compromises the immune system. The method also could work on many other proteins that damage cellular processes and cause diseases.
National Institutes of Health
Public Release: 16-Jun-2016
Journal of Virology Sandia researchers discover mechanism for Rift Valley fever virus infection
Viruses can't live without us -- literally. As obligate parasites, viruses need a host cell to survive. Scientists are exploiting this characteristic by developing therapeutics that close off pathways necessary for viral infection, essentially stopping pathogens in their tracks.
Rift Valley fever virus and other bunyaviruses may soon be added to the list of viruses denied access to a human host. Sandia National Laboratories researchers have discovered a mechanism by which RVFV hijacks the host machinery to cause infection.
Public Release: 9-May-2016 Sandia Labs tapped again to lead national solar evaluation centers
Sandia National Laboratories won a three-year renewal of a Department of Energy contract to manage the US Regional Test Centers (RTCs), a network of five sites across the country where industry can assess the performance, reliability and economic viability of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies.
Public Release: 29-Mar-2016 City resilience: Sandia analyzes effects of rising sea levels in Norfolk
Sandia National Laboratories created an Urban Resilience Analysis Process to help cities become more resilient. The process is a holistic framework that includes Sandia's critical infrastructure modeling and simulation tools, risk consequence assessment and systems analysis expertise to show cities the most effective investments they can make to become more resilient.
Public Release: 25-Mar-2016 Smaller. Cheaper. Better.
A Sandia-led team has developed a way to make a magnetic material that could lead to lighter and smaller, cheaper and better-performing high-frequency transformers, needed for more flexible energy storage systems and widespread adoption of renewable energy.
DOE/Energy Storage Program, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
Public Release: 21-Mar-2016
Analytical Chemistry Lighting up disease-carrying mosquitoes
Robert Meagher, a chemical engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, has developed a simple technique for simultaneously detecting RNA from West Nile and chikungunya virus in samples from mosquitoes. He is now working to add the ability to screen for Zika virus.
Public Release: 15-Feb-2016 Ice sheet modeling of Greenland, Antarctica helps predict sea-level rise
Predicting the expected loss of ice sheet mass is difficult due to the complexity of modeling ice sheet behavior. To better understand this loss, a team of Sandia National Laboratories researchers has been improving the reliability and efficiency of computational models that describe ice sheet behavior and dynamics. This research is part of a five-year project called Predicting Ice Sheet and Climate Evolution at Extreme Scales, funded by the US Department of Energy's Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing program.
Public Release: 3-Feb-2016 Algae raceway paves path from lab to real-world applications
In a twist of geometry, an oval can make a line. The new algae raceway testing facility at Sandia National Laboratories may be oval in shape, but it paves a direct path between laboratory research and solving the demand for clean energy.
Public Release: 14-Jan-2016 Sandia Labs playing key role in grid modernization
Sandia National Laboratories is leading the Security and Resilience area of the Department of Energy's Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium and bringing its strong research capability in grid modernization to help the nation modernize its power grid.
Public Release: 5-Jan-2016
Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams Thor's hammer to crush materials at 1 million atmospheres
Thor, expected to be 40 times more efficient than Sandia's Z machine, the world's largest and most powerful pulsed-power accelerator, is expected to dramatically improve the design of similar machines aiming for high-yield fusion.
Sandia's Laboratory Directed Research and Development office, National Nuclear Security Administration's Science Campaign
Public Release: 16-Dec-2015 Speeding up the hydrogen highway
Drivers are seeing more hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles on the road, but refueling stations for those vehicles are still few and far between. This is about to change, and one reason is the Hydrogen Station Equipment Performance device, or HyStEP, which will greatly accelerate station commissioning.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.