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Sandia and General Motors: Advancing Clean Combustion Engines with Predictive Simulation Tools

Sandia National Laboratories has been working with General Motors (GM) for over 30 years. In the last few years, this partnership has become a strategic alliance, which includes a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), making it easier for the partners to work together.

Our parthership’s research focus areas include

  • systems modeling for energy, infrastructure, and future generations of vehicles;
  • energy storage: advanced batteries and hydrogen storage;
  • clean, advanced combustion; and
  • future generation vehicle networks and sustainable communities.
Daniel Dedrick supports the ECIS-GM partnership.

Daniel Dedrick, an Sandia researcher, handles a complex metal hydride within an inert production and storage environment.

Combustion is an area that GM and Sandia have worked on extensively over the years. Currently, GM and Sandia are addressing clean, advanced combustion using many technologies and may include the Predictive Simulation of Internal Combustion Engines (PreSICE) in the future.

Because of their relatively low cost, high performance, and ability to use renewable fuels, internal combustion engines—including those in hybrid vehicles—will continue to be critical to our transportation infrastructure for decades. Achievable advances in engine technology can improve the fuel economy of automobiles by over 50% and trucks by over 30%.

The use of predictive simulation tools for enhancing combustion engine performance will result in direct economic benefit through reduced time-to-market and reduced development costs. Dramatic increases in fuel efficiency will increase the nation’s energy security and simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The GM-Sandia Strategic Alliance will be a key partnership helping to achieve the PreSICE program goals.

Read more about the GM-Sandia Strategic Alliance.

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