SOUTH BEND — The University of Notre Dame has been selected by the National Nuclear Security Administration as one of six new “centers of excellence” whose primary focus will be on the emerging field of predictive science.

Notre Dame’s Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM) was named a Single-Discipline Center by the agency and will receive $1.6 million a year for five years under the Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II (PSAAP II) agreement, the university announced.

Predictive science is the application of verified and validated computational simulations to predict behavior of complex systems where routine experiments are not feasible. The selected centers of excellence will focus on unclassified applications of interest to NNSA and its national laboratories: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

The main mission of C-SWARM is to predict shock conditions under which new materials can be synthesized. The NNSA grant will fund research at Notre Dame to develop predictive computational tools. Notre Dame researchers will collaborate with colleagues at Indiana University and Purdue University.