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Beric Wells

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Biography

Since joining Battelle in August, 1998, Mr. Wells has been involved with flammable gas and waste retrieval issues related to the Hanford waste tanks as a technical contributor to the Tank Waste Safety program. Initially, he evaluated remediation strategies and predicted tank end-state conditions for the surface level rise and remediation issues associated with Tank 241-SY-101.

Mr. Wells has since assisted in the development of buoyancy-driven gas release event models for the Hanford double-shell waste tanks. To apply the models under varying retrieval schemes, he has developed mathematical models that describe the waste's physical, chemical, and rheological behaviors based on the available data. This data analysis has also included Hanford single-shell tanks. He has applied his knowledge of the tank wastes to liquid and solid pipeline transport phenomena and leak detection, and has studied waste dilution and jet mixing of Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluids in the tanks with numerical simulations of physical and chemical processes.

Education and Credentials

  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University, 1998
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University, 1996

Selected Publications

2016

2015

  • Wells BE, JA Bamberger, KP Recknagle, CW Enderlin, MJ Minette, and LK Holton. 2015. "Applying Hanford Tank Mixing Data to Define Pulse Jet Mixer Operation." In Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2015), November 13-19, 2015, Houston, Texas, vol. 7B, no. IMECE2015-50712, p. Paper No. V07BT09A044.  ASME , New York, NY.  doi:10.1115/IMECE2015-50712
  • Gauglitz PA, JR Bontha, RC Daniel, LA Mahoney, SD Rassat, BE Wells, J Bao, GK Boeringa, WC Buchmiller, CA Burns, J Chun, NK Karri, H Li, and DN Tran. 2015. Hydrogen Gas Retention and Release from WTP Vessels: Summary of Preliminary StudiesPNNL-24255, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Meacham JE, JR Follett, PA Gauglitz, BE Wells, and PP Schonewill. 2015. "Gas Retention and Release from Hanford Site Sludge Waste Tanks." In Annual Waste Management Symposium (WM2015) March 15-19, 2015, Phoenix, Arizona, vol. 8, pp. 5963-5973; Paper No. 15491.  WM Symposia, Inc., Tempe, AZ. 

2014

  • Restivo ML, ME Stone, DT Herman, DP Lambert, MR Duignan, GL Smith, BE Wells, GJ Lumetta, CW Enderlin, and HE Adkins, Jr. 2014. Technology Evaluation for Conditioning of Hanford Tank Waste Using Solids Segregation and Size ReductionPNNL-23030, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Smith GL, CW Enderlin, BE Wells, DE Kurath, and KM Denslow. 2014. "Consensus Standardization of Slurry Simulant Development Process to Reduce Design Risk Within the DOE Complex." In WM 2014: 40 Years of Meeting Global Radioactive Waste Management Challenges, March 2-6, 2014, Phoenix, Arizona, p. Paper No. 14635.  WM Symposia, Inc., Tempe, AZ. 

2013

2012

2011

2010

  • Wells BE, JWJ Jenks, GK Boeringa, NN Bauman, AD Guzman, P Arduino, and PJ Keller. 2010. Lateral Earth Pressure at Rest and Shear Modulus Measurements on Hanford Sludge SimulantsPNNL-19829, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Wells BE, RL Russell, LA Mahoney, GN Brown, DE Rinehart, WC Buchmiller, EC Golovich, and JV Crum. 2010. Hanford Sludge Simulant Selection for Soil Mechanics Property MeasurementPNNL-19250, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Amidan BG, GF Piepel, A Heredia-Langner, PA Meyer, BE Wells, JA Fort, JA Bamberger, and WL Kuhn. 2010. "A STATISTICAL INTELLIGENCE (STI) APPROACH TO DISCOVERING SPURIOUS CORRELATION IN A PHYSICAL MODEL AND RESOLVING THE PROBLEM WITH AN EXAMPLE OF DESIGNING A PULSE JET MIXING SYSTEM AT HANFORD." In Proceedings of PVP2010: ASME Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference Pressure Vessel Technology for Energy Challenge, July 18-22, 2010, Bellevue, Washington, pp. Paper No. PVP2010-25817.  ASME , New York, NY. 
  • Bamberger JA, PA Meyer, PA Scott, HE Adkins, Jr, BE Wells, J Blanchard, KM Denslow, MS Greenwood, GP Morgen, CA Burns, and JR Bontha. 2010. Hanford Tank Farms Waste Certification Flow Loop Test Plan PNNL-18936, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Gauglitz PA, BE Wells, JA Bamberger, JA Fort, J Chun, and JWJ Jenks. 2010. The Role of Cohesive Particle Interactions on Solids Uniformity and Mobilization During Jet Mixing: Testing RecommendationsPNNL-19245, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Thien MG, BE Wells, and DJ Adamson. 2010. "High Level Waste Feed Certification in Hanford Double Shell Tanks." In Waste Management 2010: Improving the Future by Dealing with the Past (WM2010), March 7-11, 2010, Phoeniz, Arizona, p. Paper No. 10083.  WM Symposia, Phoenix, AZ. 

2009

  • Wells BE, and JJ Ressler. 2009. Estimate of the Distribution of Solids Within Mixed Hanford Double-Shell Tank AZ-101: Implications for AY-102PNNL-18327, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Wells BE, CW Enderlin, PA Gauglitz, and RA Peterson. 2009. Assessment of Jet Erosion for Potential Post-Retrieval K-Basin Settled SludgePNNL-18831, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Bamberger JA, PA Meyer, CW Enderlin, JA Fort, BE Wells, MJ Minette, CA Burns, EBK Baer, DE Eakin, MR Elmore, and SF Snyder. 2009. "SCALED EXPERIMENTS EVALUATING PULSE JET MIXING OF SLURRIES." In ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE2009), November 13-19, 2009, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA , vol. 9, pp. 1803-1818.  ASME , New York, NY.  doi:10.1115/IMECE2009-12264
  • Fellinger AP, MW Rinker, EJ Berglin, RL Minichan, MR Poirier, PA Gauglitz, BA Martin, BK Hatchell, E Saldivar, OD Mullen, NF Chapman, BE Wells, and PW Gibbons. 2009. EM-21 Retrieval Knowledge Center: Waste Retrieval Challenges PNNL-18356, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Gauglitz PA, BE Wells, JA Fort, and PA Meyer. 2009. An Approach to Understanding Cohesive Slurry Settling, Mobilization, and Hydrogen Gas Retention in Pulsed Jet Mixed VesselsPNNL-17707, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Kurath DE, BD Hanson, MJ Minette, DL Baldwin, BM Rapko, LA Mahoney, PP Schonewill, RC Daniel, PW Eslinger, JL Huckaby, JM Billing, PS Sundar, GB Josephson, JJ Toth, ST Yokuda, EBK Baer, SM Barnes, EC Golovich, SD Rassat, CF Brown, JGH Geeting, GJ Sevigny, AJ Casella, JR Bontha, RL Aaberg, PM Aker, CE Guzman-Leong, ML Kimura, SK Sundaram, RP Pires, BE Wells, and OP Bredt. 2009. Pretreatment Engineering Platform Phase 1 Final Test ReportPNNL-18894; WTP-RPT-197 Rev 0, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Meyer PA, JA Bamberger, CW Enderlin, JA Fort, BE Wells, SK Sundaram, PA Scott, MJ Minette, GL Smith, CA Burns, MS Greenwood, GP Morgen, EBK Baer, SF Snyder, M White, GF Piepel, BG Amidan, A Heredia-Langner, SA Bailey, JC Bower, KM Denslow, DE Eakin, MR Elmore, PA Gauglitz, AD Guzman, BK Hatchell, DF Hopkins, DE Hurley, MD Johnson, LJ Kirihara, BD Lawler, JS Loveland, OD Mullen, MS Pekour, TJ Peters, PJ Robinson, MS Russcher, S Sande, C Santoso, SV Shoemaker, SM Silva, DE Smith, YF Su, JJ Toth, JD Wiberg, XY Yu, and N Zuljevic. 2009. Pulse Jet Mixing Tests With Noncohesive SolidsPNNL-18098, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 

2008

  • Wells BE, KI Johnson, DR Rector, and DS Trent. 2008. S-102 Transfer Pump Restriction Modeling Results PNNL-17424, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Mahoney LA, JM Alzheimer, ST Arm, CE Guzman-Leong, LK Jagoda, CW Stewart, BE Wells, and ST Yokuda. 2008. "Large-Scale Testing of Effects of Anti-Foam Agent on Gas Holdup in Process Vessels in the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant - 8280." In Waste Management 2008 HLW, TRU, LLW/ILW, Mixed, Hazardous Wastes & Environmental Management.  Arizona Board of Regents, Tucson, AZ. 
  • Poloski AP, BE Wells, LA Mahoney, RC Daniel, JM Tingey, and SK Cooley. 2008. "Effects of Sludge Particle Size and Density on Hanford Waste Processing." In Waste Management '08: Phoenix Rising: Moving Forward in Waste Management, p. Paper No. 8347.  WM Symposium, Inc., Tucson, AZ. 
  • Stewart CW, CE Guzman-Leong, ST Arm, MG Butcher, EC Golovich, LK Jagoda, WR Park, RW Slaugh, YF Su, CF Wend, LA Mahoney, JM Alzheimer, JA Bailey, SK Cooley, DE Hurley, CD Johnson, LD Reid, HD Smith, BE Wells, and ST Yokuda. 2008. Results of Large-Scale Testing on Effects of Anti-Foam Agent on Gas Retention and ReleasePNNL-17170, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 

2007

  • Poloski AP, BE Wells, JM Tingey, LA Mahoney, MN Hall, SL Thomson, GL Smith, ME Johnson, JE Meacham, MA Knight, MG Thien, JJ Davis, and Y Onishi. 2007. Estimate of Hanford Waste Rheology and Settling BehaviorPNNL-16857, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 

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Experimental and Computational Engineering

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