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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

PNNL Publications

2018

2017

  • Berglin E.J., B.K. Hatchell, J.C. Mount, K.J. Neill, B.E. Wells, and C. Burns. 2017. Hanford Waste End Effector Phase I Test Report. PNNL-26856 Rev 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Hanford Waste End Effector Phase I Test Report
  • Fiskum S.K., C.A. Burns, N.L. Canfield, R.C. Daniel, J.A. Fort, P.A. Gauglitz, and W.L. Kuhn, et al. 2017. Standard High Solids Vessel Design Newtonian Simulant Qualification. PNNL-26103; WTP-RPT-245, Rev 0. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Standard High Solids Vessel Design Newtonian Simulant Qualification
  • Peterson R.A., S.K. Fiskum, S.R. Suffield, R.C. Daniel, P.A. Gauglitz, and B.E. Wells. 2017. Simulant Basis for the Standard High Solids Vessel Design. PNNL-24476 Rev 1; WTP-RPT-241 Rev 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Simulant Basis for the Standard High Solids Vessel Design

2016

  • Peterson R.A., S.K. Fiskum, S.R. Suffield, R.C. Daniel, P.A. Gauglitz, and B.E. Wells. 2016. Simulant Basis for the Standard High Solids Vessel Design. PNNL-24476 Rev 0;WTP-RPT-241, Rev 0. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Simulant Basis for the Standard High Solids Vessel Design

2015

  • Gauglitz P.A., J.R. Bontha, R.C. Daniel, L.A. Mahoney, S.D. Rassat, B.E. Wells, and J. Bao, et al. 2015. Hydrogen Gas Retention and Release from WTP Vessels: Summary of Preliminary Studies. PNNL-24255. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Hydrogen Gas Retention and Release from WTP Vessels: Summary of Preliminary Studies
  • Meacham J.E., J.R. Follett, P.A. Gauglitz, B.E. Wells, and P.P. Schonewill. 2015. "Gas Retention and Release from Hanford Site Sludge Waste Tanks." In Annual Waste Management Symposium (WM2015) March 15-19, 2015, Phoenix, Arizona, 8, 5963-5973; Paper No. 15491. Tempe, Arizona:WM Symposia, Inc. PNNL-SA-108228.
  • Wells B.E., J.A. Bamberger, K.P. Recknagle, C.W. Enderlin, M.J. Minette, and L.K. 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, 7B, Paper No. V07BT09A044. New York, New York:ASME. PNNL-SA-111566. doi:10.1115/IMECE2015-50712

2014

  • Restivo M.L., M.E. Stone, D.T. Herman, D.P. Lambert, M.R. Duignan, G.L. Smith, and B.E. Wells, et al. 2014. Technology Evaluation for Conditioning of Hanford Tank Waste Using Solids Segregation and Size Reduction. PNNL-23030. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Technology Evaluation for Conditioning of Hanford Tank Waste Using Solids Segregation and Size Reduction
  • Smith G.L., C.W. Enderlin, B.E. Wells, D.E. Kurath, and K.M. 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, Paper No. 14635. Tempe, Arizona:WM Symposia, Inc. PNNL-SA-99586.

2013

2012

  • Kurath D.E., B.E. Wells, J.L. Huckaby, L.A. Mahoney, R.C. Daniel, C.A. Burns, and J.M. Tingey, et al. 2012. "Hanford Waste Physical and Rheological Properties: Data and Gaps." In Waste Management Symposium (WM 2012): Improving the Future of Waste Management, February 26 - March 1, 2012, Phoenix, Arizona, Paper No. 12078. Tucson, Arizona:WM Symposia, Inc. PNNL-SA-84207.
  • Mahoney L.A., P.A. Gauglitz, M.L. Kimura, G.N. Brown, D.E. Kurath, W.C. Buchmiller, and D.M. Smith, et al. 2012. Small-Scale Spray Releases: Initial Aerosol Test Results. PNNL-21367. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Small-Scale Spray Releases: Initial Aerosol Test Results
  • Meyer P.A., J.A. Bamberger, C.W. Enderlin, J.A. Fort, B.E. Wells, S.K. Sundaram, and P.A. Scott, et al. 2012. Pulse Jet Mixing Tests With Noncohesive Solids. PNNL-18098 Rev. 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Pulse Jet Mixing Tests With Noncohesive Solids
  • Wells B.E. 2012. Simulant Development for Hanford Tank Farms Double Valve Isolation (DVI) Valves Testing. PNNL-22121; DVI-RPT-0001 Rev.0. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Simulant Development for Hanford Tank Farms Double Valve Isolation (DVI) Valves Testing
  • Wells B.E., P.A. Gauglitz, and D.R. Rector. 2012. Comparison of Waste Feed Delivery Small Scale Mixing Demonstration Simulant to Hanford Waste. PNNL-20637 Rev. 2. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Comparison of Waste Feed Delivery Small Scale Mixing Demonstration Simulant to Hanford Waste

2011

2010

  • Amidan B.G., G.F. Piepel, A. Heredia-Langner, P.A. Meyer, B.E. Wells, J.A. Fort, and J.A. Bamberger, et al. 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 ASME 2010 Pressure Vessels and Piping Division/K-PVP Conference, July 18-22, 2010, Bellevue, Washington, 6, 1167-1178, Paper No. PVP2010-25817. New York, New York:ASME. PNNL-SA-72274. doi:10.1115/PVP2010-25817
  • Bamberger J.A., P.A. Meyer, P.A. Scott, H.E. Adkins, B.E. Wells, J. Blanchard, and K.M. Denslow, et al. 2010. Hanford Tank Farms Waste Certification Flow Loop Test Plan. PNNL-18936. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Hanford Tank Farms Waste Certification Flow Loop Test Plan
  • Gauglitz P.A., B.E. Wells, J.A. Bamberger, J.A. Fort, J. Chun, and J.W. Jenks. 2010. The Role of Cohesive Particle Interactions on Solids Uniformity and Mobilization During Jet Mixing: Testing Recommendations. PNNL-19245. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Role of Cohesive Particle Interactions on Solids Uniformity and Mobilization During Jet Mixing: Testing Recommendations
  • Thien M.G., B.E. Wells, and D.J. 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, Paper No. 10083. Phoenix, Arizona:WM Symposia. PNNL-SA-70776.
  • Wells B.E., J.W. Jenks, G.K. Boeringa, N.N. Bauman, A.D. Guzman, P. Arduino, and P.J. Keller. 2010. Lateral Earth Pressure at Rest and Shear Modulus Measurements on Hanford Sludge Simulants. PNNL-19829. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Lateral Earth Pressure at Rest and Shear Modulus Measurements on Hanford Sludge Simulants
  • Wells B.E., R.L. Russell, L.A. Mahoney, G.N. Brown, D.E. Rinehart, W.C. Buchmiller, and E.C. Golovich, et al. 2010. Hanford Sludge Simulant Selection for Soil Mechanics Property Measurement. PNNL-19250. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Hanford Sludge Simulant Selection for Soil Mechanics Property Measurement

2009

2008

  • Mahoney L.A., J.M. Alzheimer, S.T. Arm, C.E. Guzman-Leong, L.K. Jagoda, C.W. Stewart, and B.E. Wells, et al. 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. Tucson, Arizona:Arizona Board of Regents. PNNL-SA-58053.
  • Poloski A.P., B.E. Wells, L.A. Mahoney, R.C. Daniel, J.M. Tingey, and S.K. Cooley. 2008. "Effects of Sludge Particle Size and Density on Hanford Waste Processing." In Waste Management '08: Phoenix Rising: Moving Forward in Waste Management, Paper No. 8347. Tucson, Arizona:WM Symposium, Inc. PNNL-SA-58186.
  • Stewart C.W., C.E. Guzman-Leong, S.T. Arm, M.G. Butcher, E.C. Golovich, L.K. Jagoda, and W.R. Park, et al. 2008. Results of Large-Scale Testing on Effects of Anti-Foam Agent on Gas Retention and Release. PNNL-17170. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Results of Large-Scale Testing on Effects of Anti-Foam Agent on Gas Retention and Release
  • Wells B.E., K.I. Johnson, D.R. Rector, and D.S. Trent. 2008. S-102 Transfer Pump Restriction Modeling Results. PNNL-17424. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. S-102 Transfer Pump Restriction Modeling Results

2007

  • Poloski A.P., B.E. Wells, J.M. Tingey, L.A. Mahoney, M.N. Hall, S.L. Thomson, and G. Smith, et al. 2007. Estimate of Hanford Waste Rheology and Settling Behavior. PNNL-16857. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Estimate of Hanford Waste Rheology and Settling Behavior

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Experimental and Computational Engineering

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