Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

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FLC Region

Security Lab

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Address

P.O. Box 1663
Mail Stop C334
Los Alamos, NM 87545-0001
United States

Laboratory Representative

Description

Since its beginning in 1943, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has used science and technology to find creative but practical solutions to complex problems. Modern challenges range from finding alternative energy technologies and restoring the environment to fabricating better and stronger materials. One important aspect of solving these problems is ensuring that science and technology are available in the marketplace as well as in the laboratory.

Mission

LANL's primary mission is nuclear weapons research and development. As a multiprogram laboratory, LANL also uses its core competencies to render technical assistance to the DoE weapons complex and energy and environmental technologies and conduct basic research supporting the DoE research mission. LANL also works for other federal agencies and US industry.

Tech Areas

Available Technologies
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3,6BIS(1H-1,2,3,4-tetrazol-5-ylamino)-1,2,4,5-tetrazine or salt thereof
3-dimensional imaging at nanometer resolutions
Accelerator-driven transmutation of spent fuel elements
Acid-catalyzed dehydrogenation of amine-boranes
Acoustic concentration of particles in fluid flow
Acoustic Methods to Support Biofuels Production
Actinide/beryllium neutron sources with reduced dispersion characteristics
Activation of molecular catalysts using semiconductor quantum dots
Active terahertz metamaterial devices
Adaptive model predictive process control using neural networks

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Facilities
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Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research (ARM)
Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT)
Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) - Gateway
Center for Nonlinear Studies (CNLS)
Institute of Geophysics, Planetary Physics, and Signatures
Isotope Production Facility (IPF)
Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE)
Lujan at Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE)
Lujan Neutron Scattering Center
Materials Test Station

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Success Stories

Diaper Dynamics

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s expertise in nuclear weapons helped P&G engineer a better diaper.

Yes, really.

Twenty-five years ago, P&G approached Los Alamos with a unique problem: how do you keep fluid away from baby’s skin? It doesn’t seem like a question a nuclear weapons laboratory can answer, but in fact, Los Alamos has unique expertise in how fluids move. Why? Because to understand what happens after a nuclear explosion occurs requires scientists to understand how the materials around it behave. The temperature surrounding a nuclear detonation becomes so high that solids melt into liquid. Los Alamos uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to understand complex mechanisms of liquid flow and how to manipulate it.

P&G wanted to capitalize on that expertise to build a better diaper. Thanks to a partnership between Los Alamos National Laboratory and P&G, researchers have applied and refined complex CFD models to the manufacturing process of diapers and to study the flow of fluids in fibrous materials. In particular, the team wanted to know what characteristics of fibrous material can increase the efficiency of holding fluid next to the diaper as opposed to next to the skin. Los Alamos studied the morphology of the fibrous material in diapers and calculated the flow of fluids through that material. The analysis gave a series of results that describe how the fluid is distributed and where it goes depending on the density of the fibers and on their absorbing characteristics.

So P&G (and parents) got a better diaper. Meanwhile, this project’s validation of the CFD models contributed valuable inputs to strengthen analyses in the core nuclear science programs—which in turn helped strengthen critical national security programs.

In November of 2004, Chevron Energy Technology Company and Los Alamos National Laboratory entered into an Alliance for Advanced Energy Solutions. The purpose of the Alliance is to address the most critical technology needs of the oil and gas industry. 

For Los Alamos, this innovative approach allowed the institution to fulfill the Department of Energy’s mission “to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission...”. 

Chevron Energy Technology Company is responsible for making technology available to Chevron’s operating companies under a business model in which it works with oil and gas suppliers to develop, demonstrate, and deploy new technologies and products. For Chevron, the Alliance strategically supports the company’s goal to develop promising energy technologies that will deliver additional energy supplies. To date, the Alliance has been a model private-public partnership that addresses both organizations strategic goals. 

Today the Alliance has 18 diverse projects that include long-term, high-value, cutting-edge technologies in down-hole communications, subsea technologies, refining separations, and imaging and modeling. 

Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
(Photo courtesy of LANL)

“To help enable human progress and meet the world’s growing demand for energy, Chevron collaborates externally with universities and research institutions to develop unique technology solutions and build functional expertise. Chevron values our longstanding partnership with the Los Alamos National Laboratory in this regard. Together we work to identify, develop and field test innovative technologies that intersect global business needs. Adapting LANL’s technology and capabilities has allowed us to address challenges across our value-chain -- from exploration and drilling, to reservoir management and production, to facilities and refining.” - Paul Siegele, Chief Technology Officer and President, Chevron Energy Technology Company