February 18, 2016

UTC gets Energy Department grant

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
The United Technology Research Center, among many other projects, contributed to the development of the Sikorsky S-97 Raider prototype helicopter. Sikorsky is no longer part of UTC.

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) has won a federal grant that will help it use high-performance computing to tackle manufacturing challenges.

UTRC was one of eight companies awarded a total of $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for 10 different projects.

UTRC, located in East Hartford, will partner with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop and deploy simulation tools that predict the material microstructure during the additive manufacturing process. The intent is ensure that critical aircraft parts meet design specifications for strength and fatigue resistance.

Additional funding for the project includes $300,000 from the Advanced Manufacturing Office and at least $60,000 of in-kind and/or cash contributions from UTRC.

David Danielson, DOE's assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, said in a statement the initiative pairs leading clean energy technology companies with the computing tools and expertise at national labs to drive down the cost of materials and streamline manufacturing processes.

"The ultimate goal of their collaboration is to increase our global competitiveness in the race to develop clean energy technology and jobs," he said.

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