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Sandia Wind-Turbine Blade Flaw Detection Experiments in Denmark

Wind-turbine blades pose a unique set of inspection challenges: from very thick and attentive spar-cap structures to porous bond lines, varying core material, and a multitude of manufacturing defects of interest. The need for viable, accurate, nondestructive inspection (NDI) technology becomes more important as the cost per blade—and lost revenue from downtime—grows. Under its Blade [...]

Sandia Teaches Nuclear Safety Course

Measures for keeping nuclear materials out of the wrong hands can be as straightforward as a stout post beam designed to stop massive, speeding trucks in their tire tracks—or they can be as complex as fencing draped with a web of sensors so acute they can differentiate the movements of men from those of jackrabbits. [...]

Energy Council Executive Committee Visits Sandia

The Energy Council pauses in their tour of the NSTTF. Energy Council legislators oversee energy and related environmental regulation in North American states/provinces where energy is important to the employment base and fiscal well-being. The Energy Council provides a larger context in which each jurisdiction may consider its particular concerns. The Council’s interests [...]

Expansion of DOE-DOT Tight Oil Research Work

The Departments of Energy and Transportation commissioned a technical team through Sandia to examine the properties of tight crude oils as they relate to potential combustion events in the rail transport environment. Key objectives of this investigation are to characterize and define tight crude oils based on their chemical and physical properties, and identify properties [...]

Energy Secretary Moniz Highlights Sandia Efforts during Recent Houston Press Conference

As he spoke to oil and gas executives at the IHS Energy CERAWeek conference, Secretary Moniz’s focus was on the nation’s aging energy infrastructure—and everything that should be done to modernize it amid a do­mestic energy revolution, climate change, and evolving business models. Moniz spoke to the assembled executives about the just-released QER and the [...]

Sandia Cyber Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) Formally Opens

Posed on open-house day are, from left, Acting VP of Science and Technology Duane Dimos, UNM research VP John McGraw, Executive VP Kim Sawyer, NNSA official Dimitri Kusnezov, Cray President Peter Ungaro, Sandia Computing Research Director Rob Leland, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Sandia President Paul Hommert, Bernallilo county commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins, and U.S. [...]

By | April 5th, 2013|Analysis, Cyber, Cyber Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), Facilities, Infrastructure Assurance, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events|Comments Off on Sandia Cyber Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) Formally Opens

DHS Mulls Updates to Chemical Site Risk Assessments

A repaired St. Bernard Parish oil refinery that was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. (Federal Emergency Management Agency image, 28-Aug-08) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering potential updates to its procedures for assessing risks posed by chemical facilities under a program for imposing greater security requirements on high-threat sites. DHS [...]

By | April 3rd, 2013|Analysis, Facilities, Infrastructure Assurance, Infrastructure Security, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, NISAC, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on DHS Mulls Updates to Chemical Site Risk Assessments

Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute Class of 2012 Kicks Off with 20 Students from the Gulf Cooperation Council

Khalifa University has hosted the opening of the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) 2012 Fellows. The four-module, sixteen-week course includes 20 students from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. GNEII national stakeholders represent Khalifa University, Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA), Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), and Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). [...]

By | March 7th, 2012|Energy Assurance, Global Climate & Energy, Infrastructure Assurance, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events|Comments Off on Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute Class of 2012 Kicks Off with 20 Students from the Gulf Cooperation Council