Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics

Basic and applied research in theoretical continuum dynamics, modern hydrodynamic theory, materials modeling, global climate modeling, numerical algorithm development, and large-scale computational simulations.
  • Global climate modeling simulation

    The Art of Climate Modeling

    Global climate change ParaView visualization READ MORE

  • Multiscale modeling

    Multiscale Modeling

    Strain contours illustrate the process of shear localization in metallic materials

  • Projectile simulation radiograph

    Projectile Simulation

    Impact pulverizes both the projectile ball and the target plate

  • Shock wave simulation

    Traveling through a high explosive

  • Greenland ice sheets

    SeaRISE basal sliding perturbation experiments

Contact Us  

  • Deputy Group Leader
  • Elizabeth Hunke
  • Email
  • Administrator
  • Crystal Martinez
  • (505) 667-9296
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Basic and applied research supporting industry and national security

Fundamental science conducted in support of

  • Nuclear weapons design, performance, and safety
  • Nuclear reactor design and fuel performance
  • Conventional weapons design and performance
  • Global climate modeling
  • Internal combustion engine design and performance
  • Process chemistry for the oil and chemical industries
  • Casting and materials fabrication
  • Combustion
  • Fluid Structure Coupling
  • Magneto-Hydrodynamics
  • Multi-phase Flow
  • Turbulence
  • Engines and Burners
  • Geosciences
  • Low Speed Flows
  • Materials Modeling
  • Numerical Methods
  • Theoretical continuum dynamics
  • Modern hydrodynamic theory
  • Materials modeling
  • Global climate modeling
  • Numerical algorithm development
  • Large-scale computational simulations

There is an emphasis on developing advanced numerical methods for continuum dynamics at all flow velocities and strain rates, and coupling these methods to constitutive models for solid material response and other physical processes such as

  • Turbulence
  • Chemical reactions
  • Combustion
  • Phase change
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Plasma behavior
  • CartaBlanca - A pure Java, component-based systems simulation and prototyping tool for non-linear physics on unstructured grids
  • CFDLIB - A Library of Computer Codes for Problems in Computational Fluid Dynamics that are all compatible with each other
  • KIVA - A Hydrodynamics Model for Chemically Reacting Flow with Spray
  • PAGOSA - A Massively-Parallel Model for Three-Dimensional High-Speed Fluid Flow and High-Rate Deformation of Multiple Materials
  • POP - A Global Ocean Circulation Model Designed for Parallel Computers
  • RIPPLE - A Popular MAC-based Method for Modeling Incompressible Free Surface Flows with Surface Tension
  • TELLURIDE - A Modern High-Resolution Unstructured Grid Method for Modeling Three-Dimensional Incompressible Fluid Flows in the Presence of Interfacial Physics (Surface Tension), Heat Transfer, and Phase Change (Solidification)
  • TERRA - A Three Dimensional Finite Element Code for the Simulation of the Earth's Mantle
  • Model for Prediction Across Scale (MPAS)