Articles written by Bill Scanlon

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Bill Scanlon was a reporter at the Rocky Mountain News until its closing in February 2009.

September 2010

Winding path leads to fluid career

September 20th, 2010 Updated: September 30th, 2013

Paul Fischer can’t remember a time when he wasn’t interested in aeronautical and mechanical engineering. His passion for solving seemingly unsolvable problems came just a bit later. Fischer, now a computational scientist with the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, connects that interest to an early fascination with the Apollo space program. […]

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This animation shows early-time pressure distribution for simulation of coolant flow in a 217-pin wire-wrapped nuclear reactor fuel subassembly, computed on 32,768 processors of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility's Blue Gene/P. The program used nearly 1 billion data points distributed through the simulated subassembly to calculate properties like pressure and temperature over time. Please click the image to run the animation in a new window.     This animation shows early-time pressure distribution for simulation of coolant flow in a 217-pin wire-wrapped nuclear reactor fuel subassembly, computed on 32,768 processors of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility's Blue Gene/P. The program used nearly 1 billion data points distributed through the simulated subassembly to calculate properties like pressure and temperature over time.

Nuclear predictive

September 20th, 2010 Updated: November 30th, 2011

Argonne National Laboratory applies mathematics and computation to engineer the next generation of nuclear reactors.

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