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Argonne researchers and their collaborators were able to observe the detailed dynamics of powder spattering during the 3-D printing process. Their conclusions may ultimately help a variety of industries mitigate defects. (Image by Shutterstock / MarinaGrigorivna.)
Pictures of success in 3-D printing

The better we understand additive manufacturing — or 3-D printing, the more likely it may revolutionize manufacturing. A recent Argonne paper spots possible ways to reduce powder “spattering,” which can result in defects. This new information could help businesses in many industries.

July 26, 2018
Oleo Sponge can be wrung out, the oil collected, and the material reused — it has stood up to dozens of cycles so far without exhibiting any degradation in performance. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory; click to view larger.)
Argonne seeks partners to commercialize Oleo Sponge technology

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory seeks partners to commercialize the Oleo Sponge, its award-winning, patent pending oil-sorbent technology.

July 18, 2018
Argonne has been researching all aspects of the power grid for decades. Recent work on microgrids — localized energy networks — has yielded new tips about how to capitalize on the technology. (Image by Shutterstock / worradirek.)
Four ways the electric system can better integrate microgrids

The U.S. electric system is adapting to a new wave of distributed energy resources, such as solar panels and energy storage. Some of these work together in localized networks known as microgrids — nearly 2,000 are now operating or planned across the country, according to one estimate. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory study the impact of microgrids and analyze ways to assimilate them smoothly within the larger electric system.

July 13, 2018
Anirudha “Ani” Sumant, scientist within the Nanoscience and Technology division, uses Laboratory Directed Research and Development funds to explore the protective properties of graphene on moving parts. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Slippery when dry

Argonne scientists reaffirm the potential of graphene as a cheaper, more efficient alternative to oil for lubrication purposes.

July 12, 2018
A research team at Argonne has shown that communicating acoustically through metal conduits within nuclear reactors is no pipe dream. (Image by Shutterstock / Suwin.)
Realizing a “pipe dream”

Transmitting signals through the concrete and steel of a nuclear power plant presents challenges even under normal conditions. But the loss of electric power at a nuclear plant following an accident would leave no way to send vital information into or out of the harsh environment of a containment building. Now, however, research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory reveals that communicating through a containment building’s metal conduits is no pipe dream.

June 29, 2018
These four ARE fellows are helping the entrepreneurs within Argonne’s Chain Reaction Innovations program grow businesses and attain research goals. From left to right: Nisarg Patel (helping Atlas Energy Systems), Maxwell Miller (helping ClearFlame Engines, Zach Kaiser (helping Advanced Ionics) and Alec Houpt (helping FGC Plasma Solutions). (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
Training the next generation of entrepreneurs

Argonne’s fellows in the Applied Research Experience program have a front-row view of entrepreneurship as they help the laboratory’s Chain Reaction Innovators achieve research goals.

June 13, 2018
Argonne researchers are modeling and simulating how connected and autonomous vehicles could affect energy and mobility in metropolitan areas. (Image by Shutterstock / metamorworks.)
Demystifying the future of connected and autonomous vehicles

Argonne researchers are deploying advanced modeling and simulation tools to predict the impact of CAVs on energy and mobility in metropolitan areas. Their work, part of a collaborative three-year project, supports DOE’s SMART (Systems and Modeling for Accelerated Research in Transportation) Mobility Consortium.

June 1, 2018
Machine learning techniques can help organizations reduce design time from months to days and slash development costs. (Image by Shutterstock / Photo_works.)
Argonne’s next top model

Designing and manufacturing a new part or product, such as a car engine or wind turbine, can be time-consuming and costly. To combat limitations on these processes, scientists and engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are using cutting-edge machine learning techniques to help organizations reduce design time from months to days and slash development costs.

April 13, 2018
Academic researchers look to Argonne’s Mira supercomputer to better understand boiling phenomena, bubble formation and two-phase bubbly flow inside nuclear reactors. (Image courtesy of Igor Bolotnov / North Carolina State University.)
Tiny bubbles

Bubbles are a linchpin of nuclear engineering, helping to explain the natural world, predict safety issues and improve the operation of the existing and next-generation nuclear fleet. High-performance supercomputers like Mira, located at Argonne, are helping researchers understand the phenomena of bubbling behavior more quickly.

April 4, 2018
Argonne researchers have collaborated with several industry partners to develop a better hydrogen refueling method that can potentially save time and costs. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)
All the right moves

Argonne offers licensing opportunities for a patented refueling method that can significantly lower capital investment costs while increasing capacity at hydrogen refueling stations.

February 28, 2018