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Argonne researchers will be working with Chicago’s Pace Suburban Bus and Metra Commuter Rail Service to improve the detection, analysis and response to emergencies and how best to evacuate the city in a major emergency under a $2.9 million grant announced this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration. The project will result in tools that can be used by cities across the country and will utilize the massive computing resources available at Argonne to conduct highly complex modeling and simulation of transportation systems.
Argonne researchers to study Chicago emergency evacuation system

A group of Argonne researchers will be studying methods and creating tools for building more resilient mass transit systems to evacuate major cities under a $2.9 million grant announced today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration.

February 13, 2015
Different types of biofuels have different environmental and water impacts. An Argonne team released its newest version of the WATER model, which helps researchers analyze those differences.
Argonne model analyzes water footprint of biofuels

A new version of an online tool created by Argonne will help biofuels developers gain a detailed understanding of water consumption of various types of feedstocks, aiding development of sustainable fuels that will reduce impact on limited water resources.

January 15, 2015
Researchers with Argonne’s Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative have teamed up with Cummins, Inc., and Convergent Science, Inc., to explore the complex inner workings of engine fuel injectors. The work, which combines complex computer modeling validated through experimental data, is part of an ongoing effort to increase the use of computer simulations in engine designs, thereby decreasing cost and time to market for new technology. Click image to view larger.
Argonne, Convergent and Cummins cooperate to discover the secrets of fuel injectors

A team of researchers at Argonne has created integrated modeling of the fluid dynamics of fuel injectors in modern engines

December 8, 2014
A new analysis tool developed at Argonne National Laboratory called JOBSNG helps policymakers or developers estimate the potential economic impacts of building new natural gas fueling stations. Photo credit: Shutterstock. (Click image to enlarge)
New tool predicts economic impacts of natural gas stations

Researchers at Argonne announced a new tool today for analyzing the economic impacts of building new compressed natural gas fueling stations.

September 24, 2014
Researchers at Argonne, as part of the new Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI), are looking at a number of parameters in the internal combustion process. VERIFI is the first and only source in the world for high-fidelity, three-dimensional, end-to-end combustion engine simulation/visualization and simultaneous powertrain and fuel simulation, with uncertainty analysis. Click to enlarge.
New Argonne initiative to examine the details of the combustion process

Researchers at Argonne, as part of the new Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI), are looking at a number of parameters in the internal combustion process. VERIFI is the first and only source in the world for high-fidelity, three-dimensional, end-to-end combustion engine simulation/visualization and simultaneous powertrain and fuel simulation, with uncertainty analysis.

July 15, 2014
Experts are developing new engine combustion models that incorporate accurate descriptions of two-phase flows, chemistry, transport phenomena and device geometries to provide predictive simulations of engine and fuel performance. Click to enlarge.
Caterpillar, Argonne undertake cooperative virtual engine design, control project

Internal combustion engines are poised for dramatic breakthroughs in improving efficiency with lower emissions, thanks in part to low-temperature combustion regimes. Such regimes show great efficiency and emissions potential, but they present optimization and control challenges that must be addressed before they enter the engine mainstream.

June 30, 2014
The Ohio State University took home the overall winners title at the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future finals last week. EcoCAR 2 was a three-year competition managed by Argonne National Laboratory and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and 30 other government and industry leaders. Click to enlarge.
The Ohio State wins North American EcoCAR 2 competition

The Ohio State University took home the overall winners title at the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future finals, said competition sponsors the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Co. last week.

June 20, 2014
Researchers have discovered how to overcome technical challenges that hindered use of Stabilized Lithium Metal Powder (SLMP®) in commercial applications by devising a way to incorporate a safe form of the lithium powder into any type of Li-ion battery, including those used for electric vehicles, enabling greater energy density, extended cycle-life and reduced manufacturing costs. Click to enlarge.
FMC-Argonne project could expand use of company's lithium technology

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory working with FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC), Charlotte, N.C., have developed novel materials that would help expand technology and product development by industries using the company's unique Stabilized Lithium Metal Powder (SLMP®).

May 28, 2014
EcoCAR 2 participants. Click to enlarge.
University competition cars visit Argonne for testing

Three university teams competing to win the EcoCAR 2 challenge will visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory this week. The national contest offers students a unique hands-on experience to select and implement advanced technologies that increase vehicle fuel efficiency.

March 24, 2014
A schematic shows different nanoparticle configurations possible with a new technique to create custom bimetallic nanoparticles. Click to enlarge.
Two metals are better than one

Since the dawn of the Bronze Age, people have appreciated the advantages of using alloys rather than single metals to make better materials. Recently, scientists have discovered a recipe for making tiny two-metal structures that could similarly expand the forefront of materials science.

March 4, 2014