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Donna Guillen


Fossil Energy Systems and Synfuels
Idaho National Laboratory
P.O. Box 1625
Idaho Falls, ID 83415-3730
USA
Phone: (208) 526-1744
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Current Projects


  • Developing a multiphase flow model of the chemically reacting, churn turbulent flow within a slurry bubble column reactor used in the production of synthetic fuels via the Fischer Tropsch process

  • Applying computational fluid dynamics methodology to analyze turbulent, multiphase flows for engineering applications, such as advanced-concept nuclear reactors and synthetic fuel production facilities

  • Providing thermal fluids analysis for irradiation experiments conducted in Idaho National Laboratory's Advanced Test Reactor.

  • Research Interests


  • Computational fluid dynamics

  • Thermal hydraulics

  • Nuclear reactor experiments

  • Synthetic fuels production

  • Subsurface monitoring and sensing

  • Scientific computing and visualization

  • Systems engineering.

  • Education


  • Ph.D., Engineering and Applied Science, Idaho State University, 2005, Dissertation: "Oxidation Behavior of In-Flight Molten Aluminum Droplets in the Twin-Wire Electric Arc Thermal Spray Process"

  • M.S., Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology, 1985

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University, 1984.

  • Selected Publications


  • "Review of Experimental Capabilities and Hydrodynamic Data for Validation of CFD Based Predictions for Slurry Bubble Column Reactors," AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, November 1-4, 2007

  • "Preliminary Studies of Turbulent Flow in the Lower Plenum of a Gas-Cooled Reactor," 12th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-12), Pittsburgh, PA, September 30-October 4, 2007

  • "Streamlining the RELAP5-3D Code," 12th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-12), Pittsburgh, PA, September 30-October 4, 2007

  • "NPHASE Predictions of Turbulent Flow in the Lower Plenum of a Prismatic Gas-Cooled Reactor," 12th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-12), Pittsburgh, PA, September 30-October 4, 2007

  • "Integrated Fischer Tropsch Modular Process Model," Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Idaho Academy of Science, Idaho Falls, ID, April 19-21, 2007

  • Varacalle, Jr., D.J., D.P. Guillen, D.M. Deason, W. Rhodaberger, and E. Sampson, "Effect of Grit-Blasting on Substrate Roughness and Coating Adhesion," Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, Vol. 15, No. 3, September 2006, p. 348-355

  • Guillen, D.P. and M.J. Russell, "Estimation of Critical Flow Velocity for Collapse of Gas Test Loop Booster Fuel Assembly," Proceedings of ICONE14, 14th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, July 17-20, 2006, Miami, FL

  • Guillen, D.P., G. Mesina, and J. Hykes, "Restructuring RELAP5-3D for Next Generation Nuclear Plant Analysis," 2006 Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, Vol. 94, June 2006

  • Guillen, D.P. and T. Yoder, "Specification of Surface Roughness for Hydraulic Flow Test Plates, " Proceedings of the 6th International Surface Engineering Congress,            May 15-17, 2006, Seattle, WA

  • Guillen, D.P. and B.G. Williams, "In-Flight Oxidation of Aluminum in the Twin-Wire Electric Arc Process," Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, Vol. 15, No. 1, March 2006,   p. 63-71

  • Hahn, J., D.P. Guillen, and T. Anderson, "Process Control Systems in the Chemical Industry: Safety vs. Security," Process Safety Progress, Vol. 25, Issue 1, p. 40-43, March 2006

  • Guillen, D.P. and J. Fisher, "Thermal Hydraulic Analysis of a Gas Test Loop System," 2005 Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, Vol. 93, November 2005

  • Guillen, D.P. and R.C. Hertzog, "A Survey of Department of Energy-Sponsored Geophysical Research for Shallow Waste Site Characterization," Vadose Zone Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, February 2004

  • Hale, D.L. (aka Guillen, D.P.), D. Swank, and D.C. Haggard, "In-Flight Particle Measurements of Twin Wire Electric Arc Sprayed Aluminum," Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, Vol. 7, No. 1, March 1998, p. 58-63.
  • Additional Material


  • Contributing member on technical committees for professional societies:

  • American Nuclear Society Book Publishing Committee

  • American Nuclear Society Thermal Hydraulics Committee

  • ASM International, Thermal Spray Society, Recommended Practices Committee

  • American Welding Society, Technical Committee Member, C2 Thermal Spray

  • Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society, SP99 Committee Member

  • Organize and chair conference sessions:

  • American Nuclear Society

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

  • Idaho Academy of Science

  • Completed ASME/ABET Mechanical Engineering Program Evaluator Training, June 2007

  • Served on National Science Foundation Expert Panel for Information Technology Research, May 2004.
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