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Engineering success by predicting failure

4 days ago

Sandia challenge predicts how metals with complex shapes and manufacturing will fracture. Since people started forging and working…
Scientists use a laser to align the plasma created at the Proto-MPEX machine at ORNL. Credit: Ted Biewer/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Fusion—Heating the core

October 8, 2019

In a recent study, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory performed experiments in a prototype fusion reactor materials…
New class of metal materials is its strong suit

October 1, 2019

In a perfect world, engineers would like metals to be strong and electrically conducive without any defects. But…
New 3D-printed lattice designs defy conventional wisdom on metamaterials

September 29, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have designed a new class of 3D-printed lattice structures that combine lightweight and…
Iridium ‘Loses Its Identity’ When Interfaced With Nickel

September 25, 2019

Hey, physicists and materials scientists: You’d better reevaluate your work if you study iridium-based materials – members of…
Seeing sound: Scientists observe how acoustic interactions change materials at the atomic level

September 24, 2019

Interaction of sound and light reveals new information of a crystal’s quantum properties. When exposed to stress and…
Lab scholar makes impact on new diagnostic at NIF

September 18, 2019

When Peter Nyholm became a NIF&PS Summer Scholar, he was following family tradition. Both of his parents had…
Study on stability of highly energetic materials

September 16, 2019

Understanding the physical and chemical characteristics of energetic materials under extreme conditions is crucial for their safe and…
Getting a look under the hood of topological insulators

September 10, 2019

Certain materials, like copper, conduct electricity very well.  Other materials, like glass, do not.  A certain kind of…
Neutrons—Lighting up liquid crystals

September 6, 2019

Researchers used neutron scattering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source to probe the structure of a…
Going small can help determine where nuclear material came from and how it was made

August 30, 2019

Until recently, the analysis and identification of nuclear fuel pellets in nuclear forensics investigations have been mainly focused…
Engineers Develop Bone-like Metal Foam that can be ‘Healed’ at Room Temperature

August 28, 2019

For 6,000 years, humans have been making things from metal because it’s strong and tough; a lot of…
Measuring the Charge of Electrons in a High-Temp Superconductor

August 22, 2019

Scientists found a large concentration of electron pairs outside key temperature and energy ranges; this finding could inform…
Sandia abuses batteries for better energy storage

August 14, 2019

Researchers create ‘ninth way of killing a battery’ They crush ‘em. They pierce ‘em. They roast ‘em, soak…
A Window into the Hidden Nuclear World

August 13, 2019

First atomic-scale actinide spectroscopy sheds light on key material. A team of researchers from PNNL, Lawrence Berkeley National…
Study reveals new structure of gold at extremes

July 31, 2019

Gold is an extremely important material for high-pressure experiments and is considered the “gold standard” for calculating pressure…
Brendan Davis, principal designer and operator of high pressure mechanical test systems in the Hydrogen Effects on Materials Laboratory at Sandia National Laboratories, prepares a system for testing with hydrogen gas. (Photograph by Dino Vournas/Sandia)
Materials for hydrogen service advanced by new multilab consortium

July 25, 2019

Sandia, PNNL lead group studying metals and polymers in hydrogen environments. Researchers at Sandia and Pacific Northwest national…
A sharper focus: New computational technique resolves compressed X-ray data

July 21, 2019

Argonne develops novel method to more clearly see complex materials physics in difficult-to-access environments. With the right tools,…
Surprise Finding Uncovers New Capability for Semiconductor Material

July 18, 2019

Metal oxide, known to start and stop current, can also create it; a step “beyond CMOS”. Scientists have…
Under pressure: New device’s 1.6 billion atmospheres per second assists impact studies

July 14, 2019

A new super-fast high-pressure device at DESY’s PERA III X-ray light source allows scientists to simulate and study…
‘Digital alchemy’ to reverse-engineer new materials

July 8, 2019

In work that upends materials design, researchers have demonstrated with computer simulations that they can design a crystal…
Scientists seek solar clues in a material with split nature

July 7, 2019

Scientists reveal interplay between organic and inorganic components. Scientists and engineers around the world are on the hunt…
NIF tops Physics of Plasmas ‘most cited’

July 5, 2019

Research authored by physicists in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility & Photon Science Directorate (NIF&PS) represented…
Confirmation of old theory leads to new breakthrough in superconductor science

July 5, 2019

Harvard/Argonne team clears up a decades-old mystery about the reverse Hall effect in high-temperature superconductors. Phase transitions occur…
An animated look. The molecular dynamic simulations of a layered perovskite oxide material show how the lattice distorts under ionizing radiation. | PNNL
Tough Materials for Tough Environments

June 27, 2019

Simulations provide insight into response of oxides in rad places. A research team at PNNL has identified reasons…
Enhancing material properties: Practice makes perfect

June 26, 2019

Argonne team combines cutting-edge modeling with 300-year-old statistical analysis technique to enhance material properties. At some point in…
High-powered laser diodes can reduce residual stress in metal 3D printed parts

June 26, 2019

In 3D printing, residual stress can build up in parts during the printing process due to the expansion…
Researchers to Take Advantage of DOE’s Advanced Supercomputers

June 19, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it will invest $32 million over the next four years…
Neutrons—Mastering magnetism

June 17, 2019

Researchers have pioneered a new technique using pressure to manipulate magnetism in thin film materials used to enhance…
Phase-change materials from smartphones may lead to higher data storage, energy efficiency

June 15, 2019

Phase-change materials that are used in the latest generation of smartphones could lead to higher storage capability and…
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