Industry in Neutron News

JULY 26, 2017

In a first-of-a-kind experiment, researchers used neutrons to investigate the performance of a new aluminum alloy in a gasoline-powered engine—while the engine was running.



Researchers used neutrons to probe a running engine at ORNL’s Spallation Neutron
Source, giving them the opportunity to test an aluminum-cerium alloy under operating
conditions. From left, researchers Orlando Rios, Ke An, and Lt. Eric Stromme
show off a cylinder head made from the new alloy.

A team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory worked with industry

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and HTS International are exploring collaborations in advanced manufacturing research such as conformal cooling. These specially placed coolant lines allow parts to cool faster, which increases productivity for molding and ca

MARCH 10, 2017

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 10, 2017—HTS International Corporation and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed an agreement to explore potential collaborations in advanced manufacturing research.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory and HTS International are exploring collaborations in
advanced manufacturing research such as conformal cooling. These specially placed
coolant lines allow parts to cool faster, which increases productivity for molding
and casting manufacturers.

The memorandum of understanding follows HTS’s recent decision to

Researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Materials Science and Technology Division, and U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center, are studying welded armor and testing a new weld wire using neutron diffraction at

FEBRUARY 23, 2016

Ensuring the stable structure of any vehicle requires strong welds. Researchers from many different fields have studied ways to avoid weaknesses in vehicle welds; however, for the military, ensuring strength in armored vehicles is especially critical.


Researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Materials Science and Technology
Division, and U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering
Center, are studying welded armor and testing a new weld wire using neutron
diffraction at the HB-2B beam line of the ORNL High Flux Isotope Reactor.
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Michael Crawford from DuPont is studying hybrid perovskites at TOPAZ, SNS beam line 12, with hopes of influencing the development of better photovoltaics. Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

DECEMBER 17, 2015

There’s a lot of buzz in the photovoltaic community over hybrid perovskites, a class of organometallic lead-halides that are revolutionizing the field by promising cheaper and more efficient means of converting solar energy into electrical power.


Michael Crawford from DuPont is studying hybrid perovskites at TOPAZ, SNS
beam line 12, with hopes of influencing the development of better photovoltaics.
Image Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

But while these materials may be the next great advancement in the field, there’s a shortage of basic

David Yarusso from 3M is studying pressure sensitive adhesives using neutron scattering at the Liquids Reflectometer, SNS beam line 4B. Image credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL

SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

David Yarusso, a researcher with 3M, the global innovation company well known for their Post-It and Scotch brands of products, is getting down to the molecular level to study pressure sensitive adhesives at the Spallation Neutron Source. He is using the Liquids Reflectometer, SNS beam line 4B, to study how these adhesives interact with their substrates, or the thing they stick to, to ultimately improve their performance.


David Yarusso from 3M is studying pressure sensitive adhesives using
neutron scattering at the Liquids Reflectometer, SNS beam line 4B.
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Dr. Dongchul Chae from POSCO, Yuan Li and Peijun Hou from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, adjust a sample of stainless steel they are studying at VULCAN, SNS beam line 7.

JULY 6, 2015

Stainless steel is an alloy of steel used for a variety of industrial applications because of its resistance to corrosion and its mechanical and physical properties that are desirable for fabrication.


Dr. Dongchul Chae from POSCO, Yuan Li and Peijun Hou from the University of
Tennessee, Knoxville, adjust a sample of stainless steel they are studying at VULCAN,
SNS beam line 7.

Nickel is a critical element in the stainless steel alloy to preserve its austenitic structure, or the microstructure that allows the material to be formed and welded, and

Yan Gao and Shenyan Huang from GE Global Research are using neutron diffraction to study nickel-based superalloys, metals that are commonly used in the hot sections of air and land-based gas turbines, on VULCAN, Engineering Materials Diffractometer, SNS b

JULY 6, 2015

Yan Gao and Shenyan Huang from GE Global Research are using neutron diffraction to study nickel-based superalloys, metals that are commonly used in the hot sections of air and land-based gas turbines, on VULCAN, Engineering Materials Diffractometer, SNS beam line 7. Shown here is the research team’s experimental setup.


Yan Gao and Shenyan Huang from GE Global Research are using neutron diffraction
to study nickel-based superalloys, metals that are commonly used in the hot sections
of air and land-based gas turbines, on VULCAN, Engineering Materials Diffractometer,
SNS beam line 7.
Neutron radiograph of a functioning ejector spray.

OCTOBER 19, 2011

Neutron scientists are partnering with industry to enhance engine and commercial cooling technologies in hopes of making improvements that will optimize fuel and energy efficiency.


Neutron radiograph of a functioning ejector spray.

Hassina Bilheux, a physicist and the lead for developing ORNL’s neutron imaging capabilities, uses cold neutrons at HFIR's CG-1D beam line to image automobile engine system components, two-phase fluid components in commercial cooling systems, and electrodes used for lithium batteries.

Neutron imaging is just taking off at ORNL

Mike Crawford of Dupont (right) and Souleymane Diallo, instrument scientist for the Backscattering Spectrometer at SNS, prepare a material sample for an experiment on the instrument.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

Industrial users are starting to eye the potential of neutron science for solving problems that can’t be solved in any other way. At the same time, the SNS and HFIR neutron science facilities at ORNL are exploring ways to woo such users and to make a match of it, to the benefit of both.


Mike Crawford of Dupont (right) and Souleymane Diallo, instrument scientist for
the Backscattering Spectrometer at SNS, prepare a material sample for an
experiment on the instrument.

Michael Crawford, a member of the research staff in Central

Ling Cai, a former student of the National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering (NXS) and currently a research scientist at Corning Incorporated came to SNS recently to make fundamental measurements relating thermal and vibrational properties of silica

APRIL 8, 2016

Ling Cai, a former student of the National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering (NXS) and currently a research scientist at Corning Incorporated recently returned to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) to make fundamental measurements relating thermal and vibrational properties of silica glass.


Ling Cai, a former student of the National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering (NXS)
and currently a research scientist at Corning Incorporated came to SNS recently to
make fundamental measurements relating thermal and vibrational properties of silica glass.
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