Franklin G Curtis

Senior R&D Staff Member, Group Leader

Franklin Curtis is the Group Lead in the Flows, Thermal, and Data Sciences Group at ORNL, where his work focuses on applied computational fluid dynamics for nuclear applications. In addition, he is the VERTEX Initiative lead which is developing a multiphysics code framework for core science problems at ORNL, focusing on simulation of fusion reactor blankets and the enrichment science. Dr. Curtis has applied a fully-coupled fluid-structure interaction technique for analysis of the conversion of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) to low-enriched uranium fuel and has performed other thermal-hydraulics analysis of the mercury target at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). He received his BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, all from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.