Texas A&M University, the Center for Large-Scale Scientific Simulations (CLASS), and the Institute for Scientific Computing (ISC) hosted a 3-day workshop on the Multiphysics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE). Derek Gaston, chief architect of MOOSE, taugh the workshop. Graduate students from Texas A&M, MIT, Ohio State University and researchers from UC Berkeley, VTT Finland, NASA Johnson Space Center and the industry attended. MOOSE is used in NUEN 618, Multiphysics Computations in Nuclear Science and Engineering, a Ph.D. level course taught by Dr. Jean Ragusa every other fall.
MOOSE is a versatile multiphysics software platform developed at the Idaho National Laboratory and is currently used by 50 universities, national laboratories, and international groups and institutes. The MOOSE framework advances the process for predicting the behavior of complex multiphysics systems ranging from irradiation effects on materials to groundwater physics and chemistry. MOOSE makes it easier to create simulation capabilities for complex mathematical models, such as BISON, which has applications for nuclear fuel designers, or RAT, which simulates chemicals reacting and flowing through bedrock. It can even run two or more related models simultaneously to reveal new insights. Such simulations can help inform real-world experiments, and researchers no longer have to be computer science experts to tackle state-of-the-art simulation. MOOSE's framework allows for rapid development of new simulations tools, simplifying the use of multiple physics components. As of today, 35 MOOSE-based applications have been developed. More information regarding MOOSE can be obtained on YouTube or in the INL press release.