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Mark Allen Christon

Mark Christon

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Phone (505) 665-9063

Capabilities

  • Computational Physics and Applied Mathematics
  • Coupled multi-physics simulations
  • Algorithms
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Partial differential equations
  • Computational fluid dynamics applications on advanced architectures
  • Arbitrary Eulerian Lagrangian (ALE) approach
  • Applied Math
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • High performance computing
  • Graphical processing unit (GPU)
  • Hybrid architecture
  • Accelerated architecture
  • High Energy Density Plasmas and Fluids
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Nuclear Engineering and Technology
  • Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL)
  • Weapons Science and Engineering
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Shock physics
  • Arbitrary Eulerian Lagrangian (ALE) approach

Expertise

Computational Fluid/Hydro Dynamics

Computational Mechanics

Single/Multi-Phase Flow Solution Methods

Fluid-Structure Interaction

Software Design for Large-Scale Engineering and Physics Applications

Parallel Algorithms

Numerical Methods for PDE's

Education

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 1990

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 1986

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 1982

 

LANL Positions

Thermal Hydraulics Methods Focus Area Lead, Consortium for Advanced Simulation of LWRs, 2012 - present

Scientist 4, 2011 - present

Research Staff, 2005 - 2007

Other Work Experience

Director of CFD Technology, Dassault Systemes SIMULIA, Providence, RI, 2008 - 2011

Distinguished University/Laboratory Professor, Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2003 - 2007

Principal Development Engineer, Abaqus Inc., Providence, RI 2005 - 2006  (Personal Leave from LANL)

Research Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, 1995 - 2005

Senior Scientist, Livermore Software Technology Corporation, Livermore, CA, 1991 - 2001 (Entrepreneurial Leave from Sandia)

Research Staff, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, 1990 - 1995

 

Professional Societies

ASME, USACM, Sigma Xi, Pi Tau Sigma

Editorial Board, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 2002 - present

Guest Editor, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 2002, 2007 - 2008

Conference Co-Chair, 2007 Finite Elements in Flow Problems, USACM, 2007

Technical Program Chair, US Congress on Computational Mechanics, 2003

 

Awards

Achievement Award for leadership in CASL program, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2013

Dassault Systemes Innovations Forward Award for Abaqus/CFD, 2010

Achievement Award for Turbulence Modeling Symposium, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2005

 

 

Publications

[1] M. A. Christon, J. Bakosi, M. M. Francois, B. Nadiga, M. Berndt, and A. K.Stagg, “A hybrid incremental projection method for thermal-hydraulics applications,”submitted to for CASL Special Issue Journal of Computational Physics, 2014. (LA-UR-14-28406)

[2] M. A. Christon, R. Lu, J. Bakosi, B. Nadiga, Z. Karoutas, and M. Berndt,“Large-eddy simulation, fuel rod vibration and grid-to-rod fretting,” submitted to CASL Special Issue Journal of Computational Physics, 2014. (LA-UR-14-28497)

[3] Y. Xia, H. Luo, M. A. Christon, and J. Bakosi, “On the performance of a set of RANS and LES model for simulating incompressible turbulent flows,” submitted to CASL Special Issue Journal of Computational Physics, 2014. (LA-UR-14-28160)

[4] E. L. Popov, M. A. Christon, and J. Bakosi, “Application of Hydra-TH, the CASL T-H code, for computing nuclear reactor spacer grids,” in 2014 ANS Annual Meeting, (Reno, NV), June 2014.

[5] R. R. Nourgaliev, M. A. Christon, J. Bakosi, R. B. Lowrie, and L. A.Pritchett-Sheats, “Hydra-TH: A thermal-hydraulics code for nuclear reactor applications,” in Fifteenth International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics (NURETH-15), (Pisa, Italy), May 2013.

[6] J. Bakosi, M. Christon, R. B. Lowrie, L. Pritchett-Sheats, and R. R. Nourgaliev, “Large-eddy simulations of turbulent flow for grid-to-rod fretting in nuclear reactors,” Nuclear Engineering and Design, vol. 262, pp. 544–561, September 2013. (Los Alamos National Laboratory LA-UR 12-26572).

[7] J. Bakosi, M. A. Christon, L. A. Pritchett-Sheats, and R. R. Nourgaliev, “Hydra-TH advanced capabilities,” Tech. Rep. LA-UR 13-20572, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, March 2013.

[8] J. Bakosi, M. A. Christon, L. A. Pritchett-Sheats, H. Luo, T. Xia, and R. R. Nourgaliev, “Hydra-TH verification, validation and thermal-hydraulics benchmark problems,” Tech. Rep. LA-UR 13-22017, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, March 2013.

[9] S. K. Sambasivan, M. J. Shashkov, D. E. Burton, and M. A. Christon, “Mimetic theory for cell-centered Lagrangian finite volume schemes on general unstructured grids: Part I. Concept and formulation,” Tech. Rep. LA-UR 12-25931, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2012.

[10] S. K. Sambasivan, M. J. Shashkov, D. E. Burton, and M. A. Christon, “Mimetic theory for cell-centered Lagrangian finite volume schemes on general unstructured grids: Part-II. Application to large deformation problems,” Tech. Rep. LA-UR 12-25974, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2012.

 

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