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Yu Chen

Yu Chen

Phone (505) 665-4640


  • Computational Physics and Applied Mathematics
  • Numerical modeling
  • Coupled multi-physics simulations
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Subsurface flow simulation
  • Computational fluid dynamics applications on advanced architectures
  • Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS)
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • Graphical processing unit (GPU)
  • Multicore
  • Heterogeneous Architectures
  • High performance computing
  • Computational Physics and Applied Mathematics
  • Lattice Boltzmann method


  • High-fidelity lattice Boltzmann simulation of multiphase flow in porous media with applications in geological storage of COand hydrocarbon recovery

  • Particle-resolved direct numerical simulations with applications in hydraulic fracturing and biomedical engineering

  • High-performance computing using GPUs or manycore processors






Ph.D. Fluid Mechanics, Peking University, 2012

B.S., Theoretic and Applied Mechanics, Peking University, 2006



LANL Positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate (02/2018 –present)

EES-16, Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM)


Visiting Student (07/2009 –08/2010)

EES-16, Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM)


Professional Societies

International Society for Porous Media



Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (2018)

XSEDE Research Allocation renewal (PI), XSEDE (2017)

XSEDE Research Allocation (PI), 1M core-hours, XSEDE (2016)

Illinois Blue Waters allocations (Co-PI), 250K node-hours, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (2016)

XSEDE Startup allocation (PI), 150K core-hours, XSEDE (2016)

General financial grant, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2014)

Scholarship for oversea study and research, China Scholarship Council (2008-2010)



  1. Chen, Yu, Albert J. Valocchi, Qinjun Kang and Hari Viswananthan. "Inertial effects during the process of supercritical CO2 displacing brine in a sandstone: lattice Boltzmann simulations based on the continuum-surface-force and geometrical wetting models." Water Resources Research (2019) https://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR025746 (simulation videos: https://youtu.be/bHpyKJpNLTM , https://youtu.be/VOGwyMFB8q8)
  2. Jimenez-Martinez, Joaquin, Jeffrey D Hyman, Yu Chen, James W Carey, Mark L. Porter, Qinjun Kang, George Guthrie, Hari Viswanathan. "Homogenization of dissolution and enhanced precipitation induced by bubbles in multiphase flow systems." (submitted)
  3. Ryan, Duncan, Yu Chen, Nguyen Phong, Peter Goodwin James Carey, Qinjun Kang, James Werner and Hari Viswanathan. "Go with the flow: 3D tracking and particle transport within complex fracture networks." (submitted) 
  4. Zhao, Benzhong, Christopher W. MacMinn, Bauyrzhan K. Primkulov, Yu Chen, Albert J. Valocchi, Jianlin Zhao, Qinjun Kang et al. "Comprehensive comparison of pore-scale models for multiphase flow in porous media." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019): 201901619.
  5. Chen, Yu, Yaofa Li, Albert J. Valocchi, and Kenneth T. Christensen. "Lattice Boltzmann simulations of liquid CO2 displacing water in a 2D heterogeneous micromodel at reservoir pressure conditions." Journal of contaminant hydrology 212 (2018): 14-27.
  6. Tudek, John, Dustin Crandall, Samantha Fuchs, Charles J. Werth, Albert J. Valocchi, Yu Chen, and Angela Goodman. "In situ contact angle measurements of liquid CO2, brine, and Mount Simon sandstone core using micro X-ray CT imaging, sessile drop, and Lattice Boltzmann modeling." Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 155 (2017): 3-10.
  7. Wu, Zhenlong, Yu Chen, Moran Wang, and Aram J. Chung. "Continuous inertial microparticle and blood cell separation in straight channels with local microstructures." Lab on a Chip 16, no. 3 (2016): 532-542.
  8. Chen, Zhiqiang, Chiyu Xie, Yu Chen, and Moran Wang. "Bonding strength effects in hydromechanical coupling transport in granular porous media by pore-scale modeling." Computation 4, no. 1 (2016): 15.
  9. Chen, Yu, Qinjun Kang, Qingdong Cai, Moran Wang, and Dongxiao Zhang. "Lattice Boltzmann simulation of particle motion in binary immiscible fluids." Communications in Computational Physics 18, no. 3 (2015): 757-786.
  10. Xia, Zhenhua, Yipeng Shi, Yu Chen, Moran Wang, and Shiyi Chen. "Comparisons of different implementations of turbulence modelling in lattice Boltzmann method." Journal of Turbulence 16, no. 1 (2015): 67-80.
  11. Chen, Yu, Qingdong Cai, Zhenhua Xia, Moran Wang, and Shiyi Chen. Momentum-exchange method in lattice Boltzmann simulations of particle-fluid interactions. Physical Review E 88(1):013303, 2013.
  12. Chen, Yu, Qinjun Kang, Qingdong Cai, and Dongxiao Zhang. "Lattice Boltzmann method on quadtree grids." Physical Review E 83, no. 2 (2011): 026707.
  13. Chen, Yu, and Qingdong Cai. "The lattice Boltzmann method based on quadtree mesh." Modern Physics Letters B 23, no. 03 (2009): 289-292.