Aug. 29, 2018
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Manufacturing program calls for proposals focused on challenges in steel, aluminum

Jeremy Thomas, thomas244 [at], 925-422-5539

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has issued a special High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) call for proposals for projects aimed at addressing key challenges in U.S. steel and aluminum manufacturing. The solicitation officially opened on Aug. 23.

Funding of up to $1.2 million will be made available from the Advanced Manufacturing Office of the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, for as many as four collaborative projects. Selected industry partners will be granted access to HPC facilities and experienced staff at DOE national laboratories including Lawrence Livermore, Lawrence Berkeley, EERE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Argonne.

Specifically, the solicitation is aimed at U.S. producers of primary and secondary steel and aluminum products who are interested in applying modeling, simulation and data analysis to improve energy efficiency, increase productivity, reduce cycle time, enable next-generation technologies, test control system algorithms, investigate intensified processes, lower energy cost and accelerate innovation.  

Eligibility is limited to entities that manufacture steel and aluminum products in the U.S. for commercial applications and the organizations that support them. Selected demonstration projects will be awarded up to $300,000 to support compute cycles and work performed by the national lab partners. Industry partners must provide a participant contribution of at least 20 percent of the DOE funding for the project.

The HPC4Mfg Program enables targeted collaboration between the DOE national laboratories and the U.S. manufacturing industry to investigate, improve and scale methods that will accelerate the development and deployment of innovative energy efficient manufacturing. This solicitation is aimed at demonstrating the benefit of HPC toward these goals within one year.  

Interested parties must submit a concept paper by Sept. 18. Finalists are expected to be notified in late October.

For more information, visit the web.