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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.

Big Data – Predictive power …
— Knowing when and where diseases such as the flu will strike and their expected severity can save lives, save money and improve healthcare for millions of people, and that’s the focus of the Oak Ridge Bio-surveillance Toolkit, or ORBiT.

Materials – Less costly carbon fiber …
— A newly patented system that uses microwave energy could greatly reduce the cost of producing carbon fiber from polymer precursors while cutting the amount of effluent gases. The technology, invented by a team that includes Felix Paulauskas of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, consists of an elongated atmosphere-controlled chamber in which the material undergoes complete carbonization.

Biofuels – Eucalyptus gold …
— By optimizing the production of terpene in eucalyptus plants, researchers hope to reduce this organic compound’s volatility and ultimately increase energy yields per plant. Terpene, a hydrocarbon, can be converted in sufficient quantities into a biofuel, specifically jet fuel.

Vehicles – Understanding driver behavior …
— America’s roadways could be safer in the future as the result of a project to automatically analyze 3,000 drivers’ reactions and responses over 1 million hours as they motored around the nation.

Diesels – Reducing soot …
— Nine U.S. diesel engine manufacturers and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using their collective horsepower to tackle the perennial industry-wide problem of efficiency-robbing soot in engines. Over time, heat exchangers in diesel engines become coated with soot and unburned fuel that robs 1-2 percent of the engine’s efficiency.

 
 
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