Kris Kuhlman's Hydrogeophysics Research

I am a hydrogeophysicist at Sandia National Labs interested in radioactive waste disposal, hydraulic well/packer testing [1, 2, 3, 4], parameter estimation and uncertainty quantification [1, 2, 3], flow and transport in low permeability rocks (e.g., salt [1, 2, 3, 4] and deep borehole [1, 2] radioactive waste disposal), and coupled hydrogeophysical processes (i.e., electrokinetics [1, 2, 3, 4], thermoporoelasticity [1, 2, 3], heat of wetting [1], and thermohaline convection [1, 2, 3]).

Our team from Sandia, Los Alamos, and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories is conducting the Brine Availability Test in Salt (BATS) borehole heater test at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) for the US Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE). Sandia and Los Alamos have websites with more information on the DOE-NE funded BATS heater test. See the most recent as-built report, writeups in the Spring 2021 and Spring 2022 issues of Radwaste Solutions (including the Spring 2022 cover image), recent journal publications (1, 2), a Sandia Press Release, a WIPP News Article, a YouTube video, and a high-level plan on the topic. BATS is Task E of the DECOVALEX-2023 project (task description).

Kristopher L. Kuhlman, Ph.D.
Nuclear Waste Disposal Research & Analysis Dept.
Sandia National Laboratories

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Software is free for use and redistribution via the MIT license. If you cannot compile or run the program yourself, I may be able to help you compile it or set up the right environment to get it working.

Most of this software, and various other publically available git repositories with sofwtare are found on bitbucket under my username.