Press Releases

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Jeff Wasil (front) of Bombardier Recreational Products and John Adey of the American Boat and Yacht Council testing the 16 percent butanol fuel. Photo by Thomas Wallner, Argonne National Laboratory. (Click image to view larger.)
Argonne works with marine industry on new fuel

Argonne has collaborated with Bombardier Recreational Products and the National Marine Manufacturers Association to demonstrate the effectiveness of a fuel blend with 16 percent butane. This blend would incorporate more biofuels into marine fuel without the issues caused by increasing levels of ethanol, which can cause difficulties in marine engines at high concentrations.

July 30, 2015
Argonne researcher Jim Sevik tightens the fuel rail on a natural gas direct-injection system at the lab. The engine is an automotive size single-cylinder research engine that operates with gasoline as well as natural gas. (Click to view larger.)
Argonne working with Ford and FCA US to study dual-fuel vehicles

It’s not as challenging as mixing oil and water, but scientists at Argonne are partnering with industry to study a tricky fuel mixing problem that could lead to more efficient engines.

July 9, 2015
In collaboration with the farming community of the Indian Creek Watershed in central Illinois, Argonne researchers are finding ways to simultaneously meet three objectives: maximize a farmer’s production, grow feedstock for bioenergy and protect the environment. Photo courtesy Patty Campbell; click to view larger.
Scientists study ways to integrate biofuels and food crops on farms

Scientists from Argonne are designing ways to improve—and hopefully optimize—land use. In collaboration with the farming community of the Indian Creek Watershed in central Illinois, these researchers are finding ways to simultaneously meet three objectives: maximize a farmer’s production, grow feedstock for bioenergy and protect the environment.

July 7, 2015
An Argonne study found that gasoline and diesel refined from Canadian oil sands have a higher carbon impact than fuels derived from conventional domestic crude sources.
Argonne analysis shows increased carbon intensity from Canadian oil sands

Argonne National Laboratory this week released a study that shows gasoline and diesel refined from Canadian oil sands have a higher carbon impact than fuels derived from conventional domestic crude sources.

June 25, 2015
Argonne mechanical engineer Sibendu Som and computational scientist Raymond Bair discuss combustion engine simulations conducted by researchers using the CONVERGE code at the Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI). (Click image to view larger.)
VERIFI code optimization yields three-fold increase in engine simulation speed

VERIFI has taken the next step in its work with Convergent Science, Inc., optimizing the code running the company’s CONVERGE engine modeling software and achieving a three-fold increase in speed. The new code allowed VERIFI to recently run the largest engine simulation conducted to date.

May 7, 2015
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Argonne research expanding from injectors to inhalers

In collaboration with Australian researchers, Argonne’s scientists are using decades of experience analyzing vehicle fuel injectors to study medical inhalers, hoping to unlock the secrets of the devices that are so well known to asthma sufferers everywhere.

March 4, 2015
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
Graphene's hexagonal structure makes it an excellent lubricant. (Click image to enlarge)
Researchers fight friction and wear with one-atom-thick graphene

Nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant and his colleagues at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials and Argonne’s Energy Systems division applied a one-atom-thick layer of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon, in between a steel ball and a steel disk. They found that just the single layer of graphene lasted for more than 6,500 “wear cycles,” a dramatic improvement over conventional lubricants like graphite or molybdenum disulfide.

October 13, 2014