Kris Kuhlman's Hydrogeophysics Research

I am a hydrogeophysicist at Sandia National Labs interested in radioactive waste disposal (see Sandia salt webpage and YouTube video on disposal R&D at Sandia), hydraulic well/packer testing [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6], 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] for radioactive waste disposal), and coupled hydrogeophysical processes (i.e., electrokinetics [1, 2, 3, 4], thermoporoelasticity [1, 2, 3, 4], 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 writeups in the Spring 2021 and Spring 2022 issues of Radwaste Solutions, recent journal publications [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], and a WIPP News Article on the topic. BATS (phase 1) was Task E of DECOVALEX-2023 and BATS (phase 2) is also a task in DECOVALEX-2027.

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 or github under my username.