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Materials – Transparent ballistic results …
— Glass used for military vehicle windshields is being put to the test by an Oak Ridge National Laboratory team evaluating different formulations for mechanical strength, high pressure and shock response.

Energy – CO2 to the rescue …
— Tomorrow’s commercial refrigeration systems – like the ones in supermarkets – could be cooled by carbon dioxide instead of hydrofluorocarbons, a greenhouse gas that is nearly 4,000 times more potent than CO2.

Nuclear – Graphite put to the test …
— Conclusions drawn from previous oxidation studies for nuclear grade graphite cannot be extrapolated to new versions of the material, which is an integral component of high-temperature gas-cooled reactors. This was a key finding of a study led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Cristian Contescu and published in the Journal of Nuclear Materials.

Manufacturing – Low-cost 3-D feedstock …
— Reformulated plant matter could be at the roots of a revolution in 3-D printing projected to hit $5.2 billion by 2020. Soydan Ozcan, a researcher in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Carbon and Composite Group, leads a team that is testing plant material that has been reformed into neatly woven nanoscale crystals and fibers.

Batteries – Better graphite anodes …
— Lithium-ion batteries for cars, phones, laptop computers and other devices could retain their charge more effectively and last longer because of a method developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Computing – Modeling motors …
— Tomorrow’s motors for electric vehicles, manufacturing and household appliances could be smaller, use less electricity and contain no rare-earth magnet materials because of a new Oak Ridge National Laboratory characterization technology.

Materials – Muzzling hearing loss …
— A patented Oak Ridge National Laboratory graphite foam that is cutting thousands of dollars a year from arena lighting costs (

Materials – Rare earth substitute …
— An alloy discovered at Oak Ridge National Laboratory holds great promise for permanent magnets as the material retains its magnetic properties at higher temperatures yet contains no rare-earth elements. This finding is significant because while rare-earth-based magnets are critical to alternative energy technologies, mining them is costly and the supply is limited.

Computing – Supercharging injector design …
— An allocation of 15 million hours on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan supercomputer could accelerate advances in fuel injector design, enabling automakers to meet government fuel economy regulations, say researchers at General Motors and ORNL.

Biometrics – The eyes have it …
— By discovering and quantifying the “limbus effect,” Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have advanced the state of the art for human iris recognition systems. While the iris is a proven and reliable biometric for verification or identification, non-ideal images – such as those captured off axis – are problematic.

 
 
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