Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Candidate Seminar


The Method 'Local' Characteristics in Radiation Transport


Dr. Justin Pounders


University of Massachusetts Lowell


Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47


Dr. Bojan Petrovic


Reactor physicists are increasingly turning to neutron transport theory to determine accurate power distributions in nuclear reactor cores—a trend enabled by every expanding computing capability. One of the more popular approaches to solving the neutron transport equation is the method of characteristics. The method of characteristics has many benefits, but there are also several significant challenges, especially when applying the method to large problems such as commercial-size, three-dimensional reactor models. In this talk I will present a topologically-inspired approach to the method of characteristics that has the potential to address several of the key difficulties of the method while retaining the important benefits.


Dr. Justin Pounders is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His current research activities are focused in the areas of computational radiation transport, steady-state and transient multiphysics, and advanced reactor design. Prior to joining the faculty at UMass Lowell he was a research engineer in multiphysics and plant analysis groups at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. He received his PhD from Georgia Tech in 2010.


Refreshments will be served.