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Argonne a top place to work for postdocs in 2013
For the third year in a row, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is one of the 10 best places to work as a postdoctoral researcher, according to The Scientist magazine's annual survey. Argonne ranked fifth, moving up from sixth place last year, earning specific praise for its benefits and attention to personal and family life. More...

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COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN, MANUFACTURE, AND OPERATIONS SIMULATION
Visualization of experimental or field data is increasingly complex as the number of sensors increases along with the complexity of the experimental phenomena. This is particularly true when trying to match data with physical performance such as with data used for software validation efforts. It is desirable to have interactive 3D representations of experimental data coupled with the physical or hardware geometry. In many cases detailed models of the hardware exist in computer aided design (CAD) software. The program seeks to couple visualization along with the sensor data in an interactive such as overlaying contour plots or directly manipulating the CAD geometry to represent physical deformations.
Contact: Jim Grudzinski
| Fax: +1 630-252-3444
COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS
Fluid dynamics, heat, and mass transfer for a variety of large-scale engineering systems. Current efforts focus on, but not limited to, problems related to nuclear safety, electrochemical process modeling, and combustion simulations, aerodynamics, and underhood thermal management. Analytical tools include in-house codes and commercially available computational fluid dynamics software.
Contact: Tanju Sofu
| Fax: +1 630-252-4500
ANALYSIS OF COMPLEX, INTEGRAL ENGINEERING SYSTEMS
Development of advanced analysis tools and techniques to address problems involving complex geometric configurations and multi-physics phenomena that are generally thermally driven. Current applications include thermal hydraulic behavior of full-scale systems and the apparatus used in medium- to large-scale experiments. The commercially available computational fluid dynamics software are used as the base code for advanced model development.
Contact: Tanju Sofu
| Fax: +1 630-252-4500
COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS
Development of parallel finite element based software that would be used to resolve structural integrity issues arising in the design of next generation reactor plants. The work would include the extension of current software to include additional nonlinear mechanics, contact-impact phenomena and heat conduction.
Knowledge of engineering mechanics and/or heat conduction, numerical methods, Fortran 90/95, MPI, parallel programming and Linux would be desirable.
Contact: Jim Grudzinski
| Fax: +1 630-252-3444
COMPUTER STUDIES IN ENGINEERING MECHANICS PROGRAM
The program is concerned with the development of state-of-the-art computational mechanics tools (finite element methods and mesh-free methods) and visualization tools with application to the solution of complex engineering mechanics problems found in industry and reactor safety analysis. Recent research has been performed in coupling a probabilistic engine to our deterministic finite element code to perform physics-based structural reliability analysis and prediction. Currently, we are doing research on the development of finite element computer engines for use on advanced computing architectures including a PC, single workstation, distributed workstations, Beowulf cluster, scalable systems, and massively parallel computers. In addition, research has focused on using virtual reality tools, such as Argonne’s immersive virtual reality CAVE and the Nuclear Engineering Division’s virtual reality hardware to display computational mechanics results and design concepts. New work on the Computational Material Science Initiative will focus on modeling the behavior of materials at the mesoscale that accounts for various grain boundary mechanisms and the elastic response of the grain interior. Numerical studies are being performed on the response of three-dimensional seismic isolation systems targeted for use with Generation IV reactors. An ongoing research area is the simulation of the response of steel, reinforced concrete, and prestressed concrete structures to static and dynamic overpressure as well as external loading events. Additional research areas include the following: fluid-structure interaction, thermochemical analysis and high temperature response of concrete structures.
Contact: Jim Grudzinski
| Fax: +1 630-252-3444

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Argonne a top place to work for postdocs in 2013
For the third year in a row, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is one of the 10 best places to work as a postdoctoral researcher, according to The Scientist magazine's annual survey. Argonne ranked fifth, moving up from sixth place last year, earning specific praise for its benefits and attention to personal and family life. More...