Chris Chartrand


Chris Chartrand

Numerical Analyst & Developer


Chris Chartrand is a technical staff member in the Water Power Technologies Program at Sandia National Laboratories. His research is currently concentrated on development of numerical models for simulating wave, tidal, and current energy capture devices. He is the developer of the WEC power absorption models implemented into SNL-SWAN, and he has implemented CEC power absorption models into both Delft3D and OpenFOAM for use in current turbine modeling. Chris has worked in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for more than 10 years where he has lead numerical code development such as implementing Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) and Six Degree of Freedom (6DOF) solvers into complex CFD codes. His past research has also included performing detailed RANS and LES calculations of both compressible and incompressible flows for military and aerospace applications. Chris received his BS in Mathematics and his MS in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Massachusetts. His graduate work focused on the theoretical development and numerical implementation of stochastic methods for modeling the Reynolds Stress term of the RANS equations.