Implementation and study of compressible multiphase models and numerical schemes

The proposed post-doctoral research concerns the safety of new-generation nuclear reactors, with a more general focus on understanding and simulating the consequences of energy transients in the post-accident regime. It consists of implementing and studying models and numerical schemes for compressible multiphase flows of increasing complexity in a C++ code.
The code called SCONE and developed at LMAG should allow the simulation of the interaction between corium (molten reactor core with surrounding structures) and sodium.
The complexity of the phenomena involved imposes strong modeling and resolution constraints. Currently, a compressible model with N phases in pressure equilibrium is operational with a semi-conservative resolution on a staggered grid. This numerical scheme is not completely satisfactory for strong shocks. One solution is to rely on recognized schemes for these cases such as collocated schemes like Godunov type ones. The first step of the post doctorate is to develop this approach for a simple model. Ultimately, the targeted model is a multiphasic model fully out of equilibrium. Depending on the progress of the work, the adaptation of schemes on staggered grids to this model will be possible by taking as reference the results of the previously validated collocated schemes.
Overally this post-doctoral position will allow the study of numerical schemes and multiphase models in a complex N-phase Framework and more generally to develop/consolidate expertise in transient numerical methods for complex systems.

Development of Monte-Carlo methods for the simulation of radiative transfer: application to severe accidents

This post-doctoral subject concerns the development of Monte-Carlo ray-tracing methods for modeling radiation heat transfer in the context of severe accidents. Starting from a well-developed software framework for Monte Carlo simulation of particle transport in the context of reactor physics and radiation protection, we will seek to adapt existing methods to the problem of radiative heat transfer, in a high-performance computing framework. To do this, we will develop a hierarchy of approximations associated with radiative heat transfer that are intended to allow the validation of simplified models implemented in the context of the numerical simulation of severe accidents in nuclear reactors. Focusing on algorithm and simulation performance, this work is intended to be a "proof of principle" of the possible software mutualization around the Monte-Carlo method for particle transport on the one hand and radiative heat transfer on the other hand.

Modelling of valley winds by statistical downscaling

To model and monitor atmospheric emissions in an area with significant relief, it is essential to represent the winds at the scale of this relief. Cadarache's operational meteorological model only has a horizontal resolution of 1km, which does not allow it to resolve the orographic effects of the valley.
However, obtaining simulation results with a high resolution model requires calculation times that are still incompatible with the constraints of operational weather forecasting (6 hours of calculation on our servers for 1 hour of forecast for Cadarache in 2020). This constrains the horizontal resolution of the calculations and does not make it possible to resolve the orographic valley effects.
The object of the post-doc is therefore to develop a downscaling model applied to a 3D mesh of the valley, with a sufficient resolution to, at the same time, model the aerology of the valley and follow a pollution plume using an atmospheric dispersion model. It will be implemented through the use of an artificial neural network, the learning of which will be based on measurements of local climatology and aerology, supplemented by synthetic data using a local high-resolution model.
The candidate will work within a small, attentive and benevolent CEA team while remaining connected to university research via the Toulouse Aerology Laboratory. He will be able to both become a specialist in applied research in the meteorological field and acquire digital and scientific skills that can be used in business.

Development of processing by Artificial Intelligence of a measuring and forecasting station

This post-doctoral proposal is part of the French atomic commission (CEA) project "MultiMod'Air", which involves developing an « intelligent » prototype of air quality measurement and forecasting station within two years. The work proposal is to develop the bricks of Artificial Intelligence (AI) of the project: correction by ANN (Artificial Neuronal network) of the measurements obtained through low cost sensors, correction ANN of weather forecasts at the station level, which are simple treatments to implement. The actual research work will concern the development of a AI based pollution forecast at the station by learning from past events.