July 20, 2018

Dry cask storage container under construction

Dry casks take the heat

Sandia researchers have built a scaled test assembly that mimics a dry cask storage container for spent nuclear fuel to study how fuel temperatures change during storage and how the fuel’s peak temperatures affect the integrity of the metal cladding surrounding the spent fuel.

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Engineering model of the Zero-V hydrogen-powered research vessel

Diesel doesn’t float this boat

Marine research could soon be possible without the risk of polluting either the air or the ocean, thanks to a new hydrogen fuel cell ship design and feasibility study led by Sandia. Hydrogen fuel cells have existed for decades, but the feasibility of a hydrogen-powered research vessel has never been studied or proven. Until now.

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Sandia materials scientist Olivia Underwood

‘Never allow others to place their limits on you’

For 32 years, Sandia’s Black Leadership Committee has brought science, technology, engineering and math to more than 3,000 middle and high school students through the Hands-On, Minds-On Technologies program. And for materials scientist Olivia Underwood, volunteering with HMTech is one way to make a difference in the community.

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1970s photo of visitors at the newly built solar tower

Sandia to celebrate 40 years of solar power research

In 1978, Sandia began a unique program of research on concentrating solar power at the newly constructed National Solar Thermal Test Facility. Forty years later, the facility is still the only one of its kind in the United States. Sandia will celebrate the solar tower’s 40th anniversary on July 31.

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dignitaries dig first shovel-ful at NNSA complex groundbreaking

NNSA breaks new ground

At a July 2 groundbreaking ceremony, Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator, described plans to build the new NNSA Albuquerque Complex.

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