Free-Piston Engines: A Possible Route to Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

A Sandia team is pursuing a novel route to hybrid-electric vehicles: the free-piston engine. So called because the piston is not mechanically linked to other engine systems, such as the crankshaft, the free-piston engine may provide greater efficiency than its conventional diesel and gasoline counterparts. Fueled by renewably sourced hydrogen, it also could one day…

CRF Seismic Retrofit Complete

On Friday, Sept. 12, Sandia National Laboratories completed a three-year seismic retrofit of the Combustion Research Facility’s (CRF’s) building 905 to ensure that the building meets the newest earthquake codes. Sandia/California’s Physical Operations Planning & Studies department led the conceptual planning process, starting in August 2011. When the plans were approved, Sandia engaged Overaa Construction,…