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NNSA BlogSandia National Laboratories researcher Stephanie Hansen has received a $2.5 million, five-year Early Career Research Program award from the DOE's Office of Science for her fundamental science proposal to improve existing atomic-scale models for high-energy-density matter.

Hansen’s winning submission, “Non-Equilibrium Atomic Physics in High Energy Density Material,” describes an approach to improve simulation tools used to design high-energy experiments in dense hot plasmas, as well as the diagnostic tools used to interpret data from them.

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Jun 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm

DOE Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz visited the Y-12 National Security Complex today. Klotz toured the site and conducted an all hands meeting at the site's New Hope Center.

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Julie Huff of B&W Y-12's Materials Management Organization leads a tour of the Highly Enriched Uranium Facility.

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Captain Virgil Hester discusses some of Y-12’s security equipment with Gen. Klotz.

Jun 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

NNSA’s current quarterly summary of experiments conducted as part of its science-based stockpile stewardship program is now available here.

The quarterly summary prepared by NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs provides descriptions of key NNSA facilities that conduct stockpile stewardship experiments. These include some of the most sophisticated scientific research facilities in the world including, the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories. The summary also provides the number of experiments performed at each facility during each quarter of the fiscal year.

The U.S. Stockpile Stewardship Program sustains and assess the nuclear weapons stockpile without the use of underground nuclear tests. The experiments carried out within the program are used in combination with complex computational models and NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program to assess the safety, security and effectiveness of the stockpile.

Jun 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Staff from across NNSA participated in the third annual Derek Sheely Lead the Way 4.0-Mile Run. The event raises funds to support concussion awareness on behalf of the Derek Sheely Foundation. On Aug. 22, 2011, Derek suffered a traumatic brain injury during football practice at Frostburg State University and died one week later. He had previously served as an NNSA intern and is the son of Ken Sheely, NNSA program executive officer for the Office of Infrastructure and Operations.

NNSA employees run to raise awareness about concussions

Jun 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

A patented, portable, high-powered hydraulic tool, invented to shear and trap bolt heads during demolition projects, has proven its worth and is moving to market. Y-12 National Security Complex signed a licensing agreement with start-up company Green Arc Labs (GAL) of Chattanooga for Omni Jaw 5.

The hand-held tool, invented a decade ago by Lee Bzorgi of Y-12’s National Security Technology Center, generates up to 5 tons of force on the cutting jaw and simultaneously collects the trimmings, eliminating environmental and safety hazards. It was designed during demolition of the East Tennessee Technology Park where asbestos cyanide-dipped bolts posed a problem.

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About the photo: The Omni Jaw 5, a patented, portable, high-powered hydraulic tool, invented to shear and trap bolt heads during demolition projects, has been licensed by Y-12 to Green Arc Labs (GAL) of Chattanooga.

Y-12 licenses Omni Jaw 5™

Jun 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Charles E. Messick receives the Administrator’s Gold Award upon his retirement after more than 40 years of public service. From left to right: Anne Harrington, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation; Charles E Messick, Susan Messick, and Frank Klotz, DOE Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator.

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May 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm

This month, employees at the National Security Campus in Kansas City, Mo., are celebrating the completion of the last "build ahead" part needed to maintain their 99.9 percent on-time delivery record during one of the nation’s largest industrial moves. More than 275 unique part numbers encompassing 20,000 components were built in advance to ensure uninterrupted deliveries while production departments were transitioning between sites.

Several years before the massive move to the National Security Campus began, Honeywell planned to build an inventory of sophisticated components by establishing a plan for each part number to satisfy requirements for more than 20,000 components. The effort required the development of a new Manufacturing Transformation Database, which helped to schedule supply chain and production activities.

This on-time, on-budget move represents a significant part of Federal government’s focus on modernization and infrastructure investment. As one of the only LEED® Gold-rated manufacturing facilities, the modern campus showcases innovative space management and cost savings of $100 million annually.

NSC completes last part to facilitate relocation

May 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

The Pantex Plant honored veterans at its recent annual ceremony to commemorate Armed Forces Day. Members of the Pantex Fire Department Honor Guard raised the American flag as attendees recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the national anthem. Pantex has been holding an Armed Forces Day ceremony for more than 15 years to honor those who served.

Pantex has a long history of supporting military personnel and currently employs 782 military veterans amongst its workforce of approximately 3,100 people.

Pantex honors veterans

Pantex honors veterans

May 23, 2014 at 11:00 am

In an effort to raise awareness of bike safety and to protect their fellow cyclists, a group of Pantexans recently left their cars in the garage and hopped a two-wheeled ride to work. The six Pantexans met in Amarillo, Texas and rode their bicycles approximately 25 miles to the Pantex Plant, then returned to Amarillo after a full day’s work.

Pantex raises bike safety awareness

Pantex raises bike safety awareness

May 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Joining a list that includes structures like the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower, the Savannah River Site has officially been named as a Historical Landmark by ASM International, the professional society for materials science and manufacturing.

SRS is one of only three landmarks designated from the current year’s class of nominees. ASM historical landmarks identify sites and events that have played a prominent part in the discovery, development and growth of metals, metalworking and engineered materials. The designation became official with the dedication of a historical marker, presented by Professor Ravi Ravindran, current President of ASM International.

Ravindran noted that the award recognized SRS for advancements in the production of tritium, plutonium and other isotopes used in national defense, research and medical applications. Ravindran cited several contributions over SRS’s history, including large-scale production of aluminum-lithium alloys; production of kilogram quantities of radioactive waste glass; materials science improvements made at SRS through the U.S. tritium program; and discovery of the neutrino, a Nobel Prize-winning experiment conducted at the P Reactor.

Savannah River National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Michalske joined Ravindran at the marker presentation, acknowledging that that the listing validated the work of people who contributed throughout decades of research, development and execution. The marker will be permanently placed near the former M Area facilities, where fuel and target assemblies were once produced for the site’s production reactors.

About the photo: President of ASM International Professor Ravi Ravindran presents the ASM historical landmark plaque to Executive Vice President and Director of SRNL Terry Michalske.

SRS becomes a historical landmark

May 21, 2014 at 9:00 am