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Sandia Nuclear Power Safety Expert Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Dana Powers, a recently retired Sandia senior scientist and nuclear safety expert in Sandia’s Advanced Nuclear Energy Programs, who studied the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl nuclear power plant accidents during his more than 40-year career, was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) “for contributions to commercial nuclear power plant safety [...]

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 [...]

Small Electric Voltage Alters Conductivity in Key Materials

Using only a 9-volt battery at room temperature, a team led by Sandia researcher Jon Ihlefeld (in Sandia’s Electronic, Optical, & Nano Materials Dept.) has altered the thermal conductivity of the widely used material PZT (lead zirconate titanate) by as much as 11% at subsecond time scales. They did it without resorting to expensive surgeries [...]

Sandia, Purdue University Sign MOU to Establish Strategic Alliance

Purdue University's engineering campus. In April, Sandia and Purdue University signed an extensive, five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic alliance that seeks to solve science and technology problems of national importance. The MOU has three principal goals: solve large national problems, sustain and engage human capital, and accelerate adoption of [...]

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 [...]

Crude Oil Properties Relevant to Handling and Fire Safety in Transport

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

Literature Survey of Crude Oil Properties Relevant to Handling and Fire Safety in Transport

The Department of Energy (DOE) is helping to develop an understanding of scientific questions associated with the production, treatment, and transportation of crude oils, including Bakken crude oil. To support this effort, the Department’s Sandia National Laboratory recently completed a report in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, Literature Survey of Crude Oil Properties Relevant to [...]

New Report Describes Joint Opportunities for Natural Gas and Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle Markets

Hydrogen and natural gas share a number of common entry to market barriers. (Image from DOE-EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office.) Sandia, supported by the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies and Fuel Cell Technologies offices (within the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, EERE), recently released “Transitioning the Transportation Sector: Exploring the Intersection of [...]