Sandia to break ground today on new $5-million combustion research center

Project seeks to provide efficient combustion of current and emerging fuels

Sandia National Labs will break ground today on a new building for its Combustion Research Computation and Visualization (CRCV) unit, which is part of the lab's Combustion Research Facility (CRF).

The $5 million building is being co-funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Science and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. It will provide enhanced computational and modeling efforts that are central to the CRF's work portfolio.

"Combustion will almost certainly be part of our energy future for decades to come," said Bob Carling, director of Sandia's Transportation Energy Center. "Predictive modeling is a key enabler for the transportation industry, so this new computational facility will be an integral part of our efforts."

The CRCV will offer offices, visualization equipment, collaboration space, and a large room to house high-performance computing clusters. The new facility will enable interdisciplinary collaboration between the combustion scientists and computer scientists needed to address the daunting challenge of understanding combustion, said Carling.

"The building will provide a focal point to further attract leading researchers to develop the methodologies needed to perform and analyze high-fidelity simulations of reacting flows and chemical systems. It will enable wider access to these massive datasets, expand our collaborator base, and enable even greater ties between experimental and computational programs at the CRF and beyond," Carling said.

The CRCV facility will support high-fidelity numerical simulations and the building and testing of models that require highly intensive computational capabilities. First principles direct numerical simulations of turbulent flames, for example, allowing for the examination of fine-scale coupling between turbulence and chemistry interactions.

Other simulations that will take place in the new facility will include those that allow for the modeling of the entire engine intake and combustion chamber, as well as the smaller scales in the flow that resolve larger scale chemistry issues.

This type of basic research into clean and efficient combustion of current and emerging fuels, said Carling, is a recognized priority for the Office of Science. An Office of Science workshop highlighted science-based, predictive modeling of the type Sandia researchers are engaged in.

Predictive modeling work continues to grow at the CRF, Carling said, and the space where it currently takes place is crowded and unsatisfactory.

"The new building will allow researchers to collaborate much more effectively and will provide the high-end visualization tools that are necessary for this kind of work," he said.

Most of the CRF's work, Carling pointed out, is done on an open network and includes interactions with international collaborators.

The groundbreaking ceremonies will take place at 2 p.m. today on the grounds of Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore. The new facility is scheduled for completion in October.

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Posted by Anonymous
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on Mar 23, 2010 at 11:11 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as innuendo, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts.)

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Posted by Cecil R.
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on Mar 24, 2010 at 8:58 am

A concern arises in the usage of any type of a Frensian computational model that derives it's findings from work conducted in conjunction with high rate combustion studies gathered from bifuctational (or symplunctfory for that matter) lab tests.

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Posted by susan
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on Mar 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm

so they pay 5million dollars for a buiding.huhhhh

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Posted by Stacey
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on Mar 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Watched too much Star Trek, Cecil?

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Posted by Anonymous
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on Mar 24, 2010 at 11:51 pm

to the staff of Pleasanton weekly: I've spent time inside Sandia, so my comments are not "innuendo, hearsay" or "unsupported by facts".

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm

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a resident of Livermore
on Mar 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm

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on Mar 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm

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