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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

  • Gauglitz P.A., B.E. Wells, C. Bottenus, and P.P. Schonewill. 2018. Maximum Potential Hydrogen Gas Retention in the sRF Resin Ion Exchange Column for the LAWPS Process. PNNL-26995 Rev.0. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Gauglitz P.A., B.E. Wells, W.C. Buchmiller, and S.D. Rassat. 2013. Rayleigh-Taylor Instability within Sediment Layers Due to Gas Retention: Preliminary Theory and Experiments. PNNL-22339 Rev. 0. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Herman C.C., D.J. Adamson, D.T. Herman, D.K. Peeler, M.R. Poirier, S.H. Reboul, and M.E. Stone, et al. 2013. Preliminary Assessment of the Hanford Tank Waste Feed Acceptance and Product Qualification Programs. PNNL-22116. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Kuhn W.L., D.R. Rector, S.D. Rassat, C.W. Enderlin, M.J. Minette, J.A. Bamberger, and G.B. Josephson, et al. 2013. Scaling Theory for Pulsed Jet Mixed Vessels, Sparging, and Cyclic Feed Transport Systems for Slurries. PNNL-22816. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Mahoney L.A., P.A. Gauglitz, M.L. Kimura, G.N. Brown, D.E. Kurath, W.C. Buchmiller, and D.M. Smith, et al. 2013. Small-Scale Spray Releases: Initial Aerosol Test Results. PNNL-21367 Rev. 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Wells B.E., J.A. Fort, P.A. Gauglitz, D.R. Rector, and P.P. Schonewill. 2013. Preliminary Scaling Estimate for Select Small Scale Mixing Demonstration Tests. PNNL-22737. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Wells B.E., S.K. Cooley, and J.E. Meacham. 2013. Prediction of Peak Hydrogen Concentrations for Deep Sludge Retrieval in Tanks AN-101 and AN-106 from Historical Data of Spontaneous Gas Release Events. PNNL-22866; RPT-DSGREP-001. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

2011

  • Wells B.E., D.E. Kurath, L.A. Mahoney, Y. Onishi, J.L. Huckaby, S.K. Cooley, and C.A. Burns, et al. 2011. Hanford Waste Physical and Rheological Properties: Data and Gaps. PNNL-20646. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Wells B.E., P.A. Gauglitz, and D.R. Rector. 2011. Comparison of Waste Feed Delivery Small Scale Mixing Demonstration Simulant to Hanford Waste. PNNL-20637 Rev. 0. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Wells B.E., P.A. Gauglitz, and D.R. Rector. 2011. Comparison of Waste Feed Delivery Small Scale Mixing Demonstration Simulant to Hanford Waste. PNNL-20637 Rev. 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

2009

  • Bamberger J.A., P.A. Meyer, C.W. Enderlin, J.A. Fort, B.E. Wells, M.J. Minette, and C.A. Burns, et al. 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, 9, 1803-1818. New York, New York:ASME. PNNL-SA-67924. doi:10.1115/IMECE2009-12264
  • Fellinger A.P., M.W. Rinker, E.J. Berglin, R.L. Minichan, M.R. Poirier, P.A. Gauglitz, and B.A. Martin, et al. 2009. EM-21 Retrieval Knowledge Center: Waste Retrieval Challenges. PNNL-18356. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Gauglitz P.A., B.E. Wells, J.A. Fort, and P.A. Meyer. 2009. An Approach to Understanding Cohesive Slurry Settling, Mobilization, and Hydrogen Gas Retention in Pulsed Jet Mixed Vessels. PNNL-17707. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Kurath D.E., B.D. Hanson, M.J. Minette, D.L. Baldwin, B.M. Rapko, L.A. Mahoney, and P.P. Schonewill, et al. 2009. Pretreatment Engineering Platform Phase 1 Final Test Report. PNNL-18894; WTP-RPT-197 Rev 0. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Meyer P.A., J.A. Bamberger, C.W. Enderlin, J.A. Fort, B.E. Wells, S.K. Sundaram, and P.A. Scott, et al. 2009. Pulse Jet Mixing Tests With Noncohesive Solids. PNNL-18098. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Wells B.E., and J.J. Ressler. 2009. Estimate of the Distribution of Solids Within Mixed Hanford Double-Shell Tank AZ-101: Implications for AY-102. PNNL-18327. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Wells B.E., C.W. Enderlin, P.A. Gauglitz, and R.A. Peterson. 2009. Assessment of Jet Erosion for Potential Post-Retrieval K-Basin Settled Sludge. PNNL-18831. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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.
  • 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.

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.

2005

  • Stewart C.W., M.S. Fountain, J.L. Huckaby, L.A. Mahoney, P.A. Meyer, and B.E. Wells. 2005. Effects of Globally Waste Disturbing Activities on Gas Generation, Retention, and Release in Hanford Waste Tanks. PNNL-13781 Rev. 3. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Stewart C.W., S.A. Hartley, P.A. Meyer, and B.E. Wells. 2005. Predicting Peak Hydrogen Concentrations from Spontaneous Gas Releases in Hanford Waste Tanks. PNNL-15238. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2004

  • Huckaby J.L., and B.E. Wells. 2004. Flammable Gas Release Estimates for Modified Sluicing Retrieval of Waste from Selected Hanford Single-Shell Tanks. PNNL-14271 Rev. 2. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Huckaby J.L., and B.E. Wells. 2004. Flammable Gas Release Estimates for Modified Sluicing Retrieval of Waste from Selected Hanford Single-Shell Tanks. PNNL-14271 Rev. 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Onishi Y., and B.E. Wells. 2004. Feasibility Study on Using Two Mixer Pumps for Tank 241-AY-102 Waste Mixing. PNNL-14763. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2003

  • Huckaby J.L., and B.E. Wells. 2003. Flammable Gas Release Estimates for Modified Sluicing Retrieval of Waste from Selected Hanford Single-Shell Tanks. PNNL-14271. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Onishi Y., B.E. Wells, S.T. Yokuda, and G. Terrones. 2003. Feasibility Study on Using a Single Mixer Pump for Tank 241-AN-101 Waste Retrieval. PNNL-14105. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Onishi Y., D.S. Trent, B.E. Wells, and L.A. Mahoney. 2003. Assessment of Tank 241-S-112 Liquid Waste Mixing in Tank 241-SY-101. PNNL-14399. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Onishi Y., J.M. Tingey, K.P. Recknagle, J. Liu, G. Terrones, S.T. Yokuda, and B.E. Wells, et al. 2003. Retrieval and Pipeline Transfer Assessment of Hanford Tank 241-AN-105 Waste. PNNL-14144. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Rassat S.D., L.A. Mahoney, B.E. Wells, D.P. Mendoza, and D.D. Caldwell. 2003. Assessment of Physical Properties of Transuranic Waste in Hanford Single-Shell Tanks. PNNL-14221. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Tingey J.M., J. Gao, C.H. Delegard, L.M. Bagaasen, and B.E. Wells. 2003. Physical Property and Rheological Testing of Actual Transuranic Waste from Hanford Single-Shell Tanks. PNNL-14365. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Wells B.E. 2003. Analysis of Induced Gas Releases During Retrieval of Hanford Double-Shell Tank Waste. PNNL-13782 Rev. 1 Addendum. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2002

  • Onishi Y., B.E. Wells, S.A. Hartley, and S.K. Cooley. 2002. Pipeline Cross-Site Transfer Assessment for Tank 241-SY-101 Waste. PNNL-13650. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Onishi Y., B.E. Wells, S.A. Hartley, C.W. Enderlin, and M. White. 2002. Material Balance Assessment for Double-Shell Tank Waste Pipeline Transfer. PNNL-13485-Rev. 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Wells B.E., J.M. Cuta, S.A. Hartley, L.A. Mahoney, P.A. Meyer, and C.W. Stewart. 2002. Analysis of Induced Gas Released During Retrieval of Hanford Double-Shell Tank Waste. PNNL-13782. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Wells B.E., J.M. Cuta, S.A. Hartley, L.A. Mahoney, P.A. Meyer, and C.W. Stewart. 2002. Analysis of Induced Gas Releases During Retrieval of Hanford Double-Shell Tank Waste. PNNL-13782 Rev. 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2001

  • Onishi Y., B.E. Wells, and W.L. Kuhn. 2001. Waste Tank Size Determination for the Hanford River Protection Project Cold Test, Training, and Mockup Facility. PNNL-13448. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Onishi Y., B.E. Wells, S.A. Hartley, and C.W. Enderlin. 2001. Material Balance Assessment for Double-Shell Tank Waste Pipeline Transfer. PNNL-13485. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2000

  • Onishi Y., K.P. Recknagle, and B.E. Wells. 2000. Pump Jet Mixing and Pipeline Transfer Assessment for High-Activity Radioactive Wastes in Hanford Tank 241-AZ-102. PNNL-13275. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Rassat S.D., C.W. Stewart, B.E. Wells, W.L. Kuhn, Z.I. Antoniak, J.M. Cuta, and K.P. Recknagle, et al. 2000. Dynamics of Crust Dissolution and Gas Release in Tank 241-SY-101. PNNL-13112. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Wells B.E., P.A. Meyer, and G. Chen. 2000. The Potential for Buoyant Displacement Gas Release Events in Tank 241-SY-102 after Waste Transfer from Tank 241-SY-101. PNNL-13202. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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