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Awardees Named for the First Round of HPC4Materials Solicitation

The Department of Energy today announced the first round of awardees for the new HPC4Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program, a public-private effort aimed at using high-performance computing to advance U.S. industry’s discovery, design and development of materials for severe environments.

The nine projects, totaling $2.7 million in DOE funding, involve five national laboratories and eight private companies, including Ford Motor Company, Siemens Energy, Shell International Exploration and Pratt & Whitney. The new project partnerships include application of world-class computing resources and expertise from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

These projects will address key challenges in developing, modifying, and/or qualifying new or modified materials through the application of high performance computing, modeling, simulation, and data analysis.

Each of the nine newly selected projects will receive up to $300,000 to support work performed by the national lab partners and allow the partners to use HPC compute cycles. The nine projects selected for awards are led by Strategic Power Systems, Skyhaven Systems, LLC, United Technologies Research Center, Shell International Exploration and Production, Carpenter Technology Corporation, Pratt & Whitney, Siemens Energy, Inc., and Ford Motor Company.

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About High Performance Computing for Materials

Accelerating industry discovery, design, and development of materials in energy technologies by enabling access to computational capabilities and expertise in the DOE laboratories.

Resources Available to Industry Partners

  • Access to HPC systems at the National Laboratories—including five of the world’s ten fastest computers
  • Access to subject matter experts at the National Laboratories to run existing codes and assist with:
    • Material performance predictions at multiple phases/scales
    • Data interpretation/management and real-time analytics
    • Integration of multi-physics HPC codes to simulate material behavior

Expected Benefits of Using High Performance Computing

Enable a step change in the cost, development time, and performance of materials in applied energy technologies to save millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance across industrial sectors, for example:

  • Longer-lasting components for higher temperature turbines (2,700°F) and nuclear cores and cladding
  • Lower-cost, more reactive catalysts
  • Coatings to improve thermal and environmental barriers
  • Materials for supercritical CO2 power cycles, chemical looping combustion, and entirely new devices not formerly possible.

 

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For additional information on the HPC4Mtls Program, email hpc4mtls@llnl.gov.