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John Serkowski

John Serkowski

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Biography

Mr. Serkowski has been involved in the development and interpretation of CFD models with a strong emphasis on 3D data visualization. His work has focused on models of river channels and hydroelectric projects, though he has had experience in projects as diverse as fuel cells and rat lungs. His specialty is creating fully animated movies of complex three-dimensional results. Currently, he is working with a tracker capable of modeling the trajectories of 3D bodies through a simulated flow field. This model, which incorporates particle mass and drag, wall collisions, and turbulent diffusion, can be used to aid in understanding the conditions to which fish passing through dams are subjected.

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., Geosciences, University of Arizona, 1984

PNNL Publications

2017

  • Waichler S.R., J.A. Serkowski, W.A. Perkins, and M.C. Richmond. 2017. Simulation of Columbia River Floods in the Hanford Reach. PNNL-26204. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2016

  • Bellgraph B.J., W.A. Perkins, M.C. Richmond, J.A. Serkowski, S.F. Harding, and R.A. Harnish. 2016. Lake Roosevelt White Sturgeon Modeling Support. PNNL-26056. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Harding S.F., M.C. Richmond, P. Romero Gomez, and J.A. Serkowski. 2016. "Effects of non-homogenous flow on ADCP data processing in a hydroturbine forebay." Flow Measurement and Instrumentation 52. PNNL-SA-107602. doi:10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2015.12.010
  • Oostrom M., Y. Mehmani, P. Romero Gomez, Y. Tang, H. Liu, H. Yoon, and Q. Kang, et al. 2016. "Pore-scale and Continuum Simulations of Solute Transport Micromodel Benchmark Experiments." Computational Geosciences 20, no. 4:857-879. PNNL-SA-100394. doi:10.1007/s10596-014-9424-0
  • Richmond M.C., P. Romero Gomez, J.A. Serkowski, C.L. Rakowski, and M.J. Graf. 2016. Comparative Study of Barotrauma Risk during Fish Passage through Kaplan Turbines. PNNL-SA-113640. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2015

  • Scheibe T.D., W.A. Perkins, M.C. Richmond, M.I. McKinley, P. Romero Gomez, M. Oostrom, and T.W. Wietsma, et al. 2015. "Pore-Scale and Multiscale Numerical Simulation of Flow and Transport in a Laboratory-Scale Column." Water Resources Research 51, no. 2:1023-1035. PNNL-SA-103382. doi:10.1002/2014WR015959

2014

  • Richmond M.C., J.A. Serkowski, C.L. Rakowski, B. Strickler, M. Weisbeck, and C.L. Dotson. 2014. "Computational Tools to Assess Turbine Biological Performance." Hydro Review 33, no. 6. PNNL-SA-102518.
  • Richmond M.C., J.A. Serkowski, L.L. Ebner, M. Sick, R.S. Brown, and T.J. Carlson. 2014. "Quantifying Barotrauma Risk to Juvenile Fish during Hydro-turbine Passage." Fisheries Research 154, no. 2014:152-164. PNNL-SA-94154. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2014.01.007

2013

  • Coleman A.M., G.E. Johnson, A.B. Borde, H.L. Diefenderfer, N.K. Sather, T.E. Seiple, and J.A. Serkowski. 2013. The Oncor Geodatabase for the Columbia Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Program: Annual Report, 2012. PNNL-22405. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Richmond M.C., C.L. Rakowski, J.A. Serkowski, B. Strickler, M. Weisbeck, and C.L. Dotson. 2013. "Design Tools to Assess Hydro-Turbine Biological Performance: Priest Rapids Dam Turbine Replacement Project." In HydroVision 2013: Proceedings of the HydroVision International Conference, July 23-26, 2013, Denver, Colorado. Forest Hills, New York:HCI Publications. PNNL-SA-96594.
  • Sather N.K., A.B. Borde, H.L. Diefenderfer, J.A. Serkowski, A.M. Coleman, and G.E. Johnson. 2013. The Oncor Geodatabase for the Columbia Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Program: Handbook of Data Reduction Procedures, Workbooks, and Exchange Templates. PNNL-22922. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2012

  • Rakowski C.L., J.A. Serkowski, and M.C. Richmond. 2012. Bonneville Powerhouse 2 Fish Guidance Efficiency Studies: CFD Model of the Forebay. PNNL-21420. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Rakowski C.L., J.A. Serkowski, M.C. Richmond, and P. Romero Gomez. 2012. Bonneville Project: CFD of the Spillway Tailrace. PNNL-21842. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2011

  • Richmond M.C., J.A. Serkowski, T.J. Carlson, L.L. Ebner, M. Sick, and G.F. Cada. 2011. "Computational Fluid Dynamics Framework for Turbine Biological Performance Assessment." In EPRI-DOE Conference on Environmentally-Enhanced Hydro Turbines, May 19-20, 2011, Washington DC. Palo Alto, California:Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). PNNL-SA-79735.

2010

  • Mackley R.D., G.V. Last, J.A. Serkowski, L.A. Middleton, and K.J. Cantrell. 2010. MinChem: A Prototype Petrologic Database for Hanford Site Sediments. PNNL-19803. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Perkins W.A., P.S. Titzler, M.C. Richmond, J.A. Serkowski, S.E. Kallio, and B.J. Bellgraph. 2010. Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Surveys of Velocity Downstream of Albeni Falls Dam. PNNL-19816. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Rakowski C.L., J.A. Serkowski, and M.C. Richmond. 2010. Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling of The Dalles Project: Effects of Spill Flow Distribution Between the Washington Shore and the Tailrace Spillwall. PNNL-20064. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Rakowski C.L., J.A. Serkowski, and M.C. Richmond. 2010. Technical Review of the CENWP Computational Fluid Dynamics Model of the John Day Dam Forebay. PNNL-20096. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Rakowski C.L., J.A. Serkowski, M.C. Richmond, and W.A. Perkins. 2010. Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling of the Bonneville Project: Tailrace Spill Patterns for Low Flows and Corner Collector Smolt Egress. PNNL-20056. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Rakowski C.L., J.A. Serkowski, M.C. Richmond, and W.A. Perkins. 2010. Determining Columbia and Snake River Project Tailrace and Forebay Zones of Hydraulic Influence using MASS2 Modeling. PNNL-20030. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Rakowski C.L., M.C. Richmond, and J.A. Serkowski. 2010. Bonneville Powerhouse 2 3D CFD for the Behavioral Guidance System. PNNL-19016. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Rakowski C.L., W.A. Perkins, M.C. Richmond, and J.A. Serkowski. 2010. Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling of the John Day Dam Tailrace. PNNL-19349. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Richmond M.C., C.L. Rakowski, W.A. Perkins, and J.A. Serkowski. 2010. Simulating Collisions for Hydrokinetic Turbines. FY2010 Annual Progress Report. PNNL-19860. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2009

  • Johnson G.E., M.C. Richmond, J.B. Hedgepeth, G.R. Ploskey, M.G. Anderson, Z. Deng, and F. Khan, et al. 2009. Smolt Responses to Hydrodynamic Conditions in Forebay Flow Nets of Surface Flow Outlets, 2007. PNNL-17387. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Richmond M.C., C.L. Rakowski, W.A. Perkins, J.A. Serkowski, L.L. Ebner, and S.J. Schlenker. 2009. "Modeling Juvenile Salmon Egress Conditions in The Dalles Dam Tailrace using Computational Fluid Dynamics." In Waterpower XVI: New Roles for Hydro in a Changing World, July 27-30, 2009, Spokane, Washington, Paper No. 173. Washington Dc:US Army Corps of Engineers. PNNL-SA-64768.

2008

  • Mackley R.D., J.A. Serkowski, and G.V. Last. 2008. Status Report on the Creation of a Preliminary Data Model and Dictionary for a New Petrologic Database. PNNL-17663. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Rakowski C.L., W.A. Perkins, M.C. Richmond, and J.A. Serkowski. 2008. Simulations of The Dalles Dam Proposed Full Length Spillwall. PNNL-17322. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2007

  • Cook C.B., M.C. Richmond, and J.A. Serkowski. 2007. "Observations of Velocity Conditions near a Hydroelectric Turbine Draft Tube Exit using ADCP Measurements." Flow Measurement and Instrumentation 18. PNNL-SA-52539. doi:10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2007.04.002
  • Deng Z., J.A. Serkowski, T. Fu, T.J. Carlson, and M.C. Richmond. 2007. Synthesis of Sensor Fish Data for Assessment of Fish Passage Conditions at Turbines, Spillways, and Bypass Facilities - Phase 1: The Dalles Dam Spillway Case Study. PNNL-17148. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Johnson G.E., F. Khan, J.R. Skalski, C.L. Rakowski, M.C. Richmond, and J.A. Serkowski. 2007. Hydroacoustic Evaluation of Juvenile Salmonid Passage at The Dalles Dam Spillway, 2006. PNNL-16458. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Richmond M.C., T.J. Carlson, J.A. Serkowski, C.B. Cook, J.P. Duncan, and W.A. Perkins. 2007. Characterizing the Fish Passage Environment at The Dalles Dam Spillway: 2001-2004. PNNL-16521. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2006

  • Cook C.B., B. Dibrani, J.A. Serkowski, M.C. Richmond, P.S. Titzler, and G.W. Dennis. 2006. Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Measurements in the Tailrace at John Day Dam. PNNL-15627. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Cook C.B., M.C. Richmond, and J.A. Serkowski. 2006. The Dalles Dam, Columbia River: Spillway Improvement CFD Study. PNNL-14768. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Johnson G.E., F. Khan, J. Hedgepeth, R.P. Mueller, C.L. Rakowski, M.C. Richmond, and J.A. Serkowski, et al. 2006. Hydroacoustic Evaluation of Juvenile Salmonid Passage at The Dalles Dam Sluiceway, 2005. PNNL-15540. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Ploskey G.R., G.E. Johnson, M.A. Weiland, F. Khan, R.P. Mueller, J.A. Serkowski, and C.L. Rakowski, et al. 2006. "Acoustic Camera Evaluation of Juvenile Salmonid Approach and Fate at Surface Flow Outlets of Two Hydropower Dams." In HydroVision 2006, 13 pages. Kansas City, Missouri:HCI Publications. PNNL-SA-48572.
  • Rakowski C.L., M.C. Richmond, and J.A. Serkowski. 2006. Forebay Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling for The Dalles Dam to Support Vortex Suppress Device Studies. PNNL-16121. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2005

  • Johnson G.E., M.E. Hanks, F. Khan, C.B. Cook, J. Hedgepeth, R.P. Mueller, and C.L. Rakowski, et al. 2005. Hydroacoustic Evaluation of Juvenile Salmonid Passage at The Dalles Dam in 2004. PNNL-15180. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Rakowski C.L., M.C. Richmond, J.A. Serkowski, and G.E. Johnson. 2005. Forebay Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling for The Dalles Dam to Support Behavior Guidance System Siting Studies. PNNL-15689. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2002

  • Cook C.B., M.C. Richmond, J.A. Serkowski, and L.L. Ebner. 2002. "Free-Surface Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling of a Spillway and Tailrace: Case Study of The Dalles Project." In Hydrovision 2002, paper no. 120. Kansas City, Missouri:HCI Publications. PNNL-SA-35957.
  • Rakowski C.L., M.C. Richmond, J.A. Serkowski, and L.L. Ebner. 2002. "Three-Dimensional Simulation of Forebay and Turbine Intakes Flows for the Bonneville Project." In HydroVision 2002: Issues Solutions New approaches, paper No. 137. Kansas City, Missouri:HCI Publications. PNNL-SA-35954.
  • Serkowski J.A., C.L. Rakowski, and L.L. Ebner. 2002. "Visualization of Flow Patterns in the Bonneville 2nd Powerhouse Forebay." In HydroVision 2002, no. 121. Kansas City, Missouri:HCI Publications. PNNL-SA-36760.

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