"The High Performance Computing for Materials Programme will provide opportunities for our industry partners to access the high-performance computing capabilities and expertise of DOE's national labs as they work to create and improve technologies that combat extreme conditions", stated Secretary Perry. "This initiative combines two, crucial elements of the Administration's mission at DOE - advances in high-performance computing and the improved transition of energy technologies to market."
The HPC4Mtls initiative will initially focus on challenges facing industry as they work to develop new or improved materials that can sustain extreme conditions - including extreme pressure, radiation, and temperature, corrosion, chemical environment, vibration, fatigue, or stress states. It will focus on developing improved lightweight material technologies, as well. The programme aims to enable a step change in the cost, development time, and performance of materials in severe environments and save millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance across sectors. These material advancements will also increase U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace.
Through HPC4Mtls, industry will be able to solve common materials issues, discover new or improved materials and structures, and enhance their products and processes using the labs' world-class computational resources and capabilities. These capabilities include:
Companies will be selected to participate in the initiative through an open, two-stage, competitive process and will contribute at least 20 percent of project costs. DOE will hold a closed-press workshop on October 12, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to provide more information on the program and engage U.S.-based companies, industry, universities, and government stakeholders.
Sponsored by DOE's Office of Fossil Energy, the High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) Programme is part of the larger HPC4 Energy Innovation Initiative, a Department-wide effort comprised of the Office of Fossil Energy, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the Office of Nuclear Energy. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the National Energy Technology Laboratory serve as the principal leads on this initiative, which could ultimately lower emissions, reduce fuel and maintenance costs across the economy, and save millions of dollars.
For more information about the HPC4Mtls programme and to register for the October 12th workshop, you can visit the HPC4Materials for Severe Environments website.