Broadening the scope of possibilities
The expertise and resources of the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC) widen the scope of possibilities for partners intent on finding innovative solutions to shared problems:
- Deep and broad expertise: To resolve evolving national security challenges, the labs excel in multiple disciplines, from physical and life sciences to mathematics, engineering, advanced computing, and more.
- World-class scientific equipment and facilities: The labs design, build, and operate distinctive, often unique equipment, such as the world’s largest laser system, top-performing computers, and powerful research tools at the interface of the physical, computational, and biological sciences.
- Collaboration: Because the problems we solve stretch beyond a single discipline, we are adept at assembling multidisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, and technical staff experienced in collaboration.
Whether focused on saving lives or reducing greenhouse gas emissions, LVOC takes pride in crafting solutions that make a difference. The examples here are just a sampling of what we have accomplished in tight collaboration with partners:
Improving steel production methods
Computational physicists at LLNL are working with steel engineers at US Steel to improve the efficiency of the hot rolling process they use to make sheet metal. Together they are building computer models of rolling and using them to better control the temperature throughout the process. US Steel plans to use this work to lower the amount of steel they need to scrap thereby improving their yields.
Improving indoor air quality
A collaboration between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and Silicon Valley-based biotech startup company Artveoli aims to clear the air indoors and improve health by combining CO2-devouring photosynthetic algae and LLNL's carbon capture microcapsules into a flat panel device disguised as a work of digital or printed art. The microcapsules contain a sodium carbonate solution that can remove CO2 from the atmosphere. The microcapsules are being explored for carbon capture in a host of other industries, including beer-making.
Safeguarding biological data
Sandia and Boston firm BioBright LLC are improving the security of synthetic biology equipment to protect again malicious hackers looking to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic as part of their attack. Utilizing Sandia's emulytics expertise, the team is developing solutions to vulnerabilities and risks in genomics and genomic operations to protect the security, resiliency, and reliability of these critical biomanufacturing capabilities.
Powering zero-emissions ferry
Hydrogen fuel cell powered passenger ferries are emerging as one solution to traffic gridlock that plagues coastal cities. Sandia engineers designed and optimized a number of zero-emission fuel cell ferry concepts that meets performance and economic goals while providing clean and domestically generated power.
The world’s most detailed simulation of the human heart in action
IBM and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have created cardioid, a highly scalable code that replicates the heart’s electrical system with unprecedented accuracy and resolution. For the first time, researchers can run whole heart models quickly enough to examine the development and treatment of potentially fatal arrhythmias.
A revolution in engine design
Industry leader Cummins produced the first diesel engine designed entirely by computer simulation, using software developed by researchers at Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF). The innovative design process, now adopted across the industry, allowed Cummins to decrease engine development time and costs by 10%—and the new engine now powers more than 200,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks.
Reductions in truck fuel use
ATDyanimics, a leading supplier of aerodynamics technology, applied LLNL research findings to introduce TrailerTails®, an innovative trailer rear drag aerodynamics device that can save truckers 8+ gallons of fuel for every 1,000 miles traveled—simultaneously reducing greenhouse gases and dangerous diesel particulates. NASA’s Ames Research Center, the U.S. Air Force, and industry partners also participated in the project that led to this device.
Minutes to a diagnosis
A suite of devices developed by Sandstone Diagnostics based on Sandia's lab-on-a-disk SpinDxTM technology help couples conceive by enabling rapid and private monitoring of male fertility and is decentralizing capabilities in blood sample collection and diagnostics. Sandia advancements to SpinDx incorporate both protein and nucleic acid tests allowing for additional uses in detecting viruses, bacteria, toxins or immune system markers of chemical agent exposure.