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Argonne principal mechanical engineer Sibendu Som (left) and computational scientist Raymond Bair discuss combustion engine simulations conducted by the Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI). The initiative will be running massive simulations on Argonne’s Mira supercomputer to gain further insight into the inner workings of combustion engines. (Click image to view larger.)
Argonne pushing boundaries of computing in engine simulations

Researchers at Argonne will be testing the limits of computing horsepower this year with a new simulation project from the Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative that will harness 60 million computer core hours to dispel uncertainties and pave the way to more effective engine simulations.

August 24, 2015
Argonne researchers Osman Eryilmaz (left) and Gerald Jeka (right) recover industrial parts from the large-scale ultra-fast boriding furnace after a successful boriding treatment. This process for extending the lifetime of mechanical parts, which just received its U.S. patent, saves time, money and energy compared to conventional technique, and even alleviates environmental concerns. (Click image to view larger.)
Erdemir receives patent for ultra-fast surface hardening technology

A newly patented technology by Distinguished Fellow Ali Erdemir and his team at Argonne National Laboratory could greatly extend the lifetime of mechanical parts. The team designed a device for ultra-fast boriding, which compared to conventional boriding techniques saves time, money and energy, and even alleviates environmental concerns.

August 11, 2015
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