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…

35th International Combustion Symposium a Resounding Success

The 35th International Combustion Symposium, the premier conference on combustion science and application held on August 3–8 in San Francisco, was a resounding success thanks to Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility (CRF). More than 1,500 researchers gathered from around the world to discuss the latest innovations in understanding and predicting combustion-related phenomena, approximately 250 more than…

Students and Professors Spend the Summer at Sandia under DOE’s WDTS Program

This past summer, the CRF was the research home to 11 students and 2 professors who participated in the DOE Office of Science’s Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) Program. By allowing students and professors to conduct research internships at national laboratories, this program is helping to develop the next generation of scientists, teachers,…