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Richard Skifton, Ph.D.

Scientist

Research Areas:
High Temperature Test Laboratory

Biography:
Dr. Richard Skifton is an R&D scientists at the INL’s High Temperature Test Laboratory (HTTL). He has expertise in the field of thermofluids; in that vein, helps with PWR prototypic autoclave testing of the HTTL’s various in-pile sensors. Further, he has over six years’ experience at nuclear research facilities in component design, computational simulation, and experimental validation. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Idaho in Mechanical Engineering.

Education:

​Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering - University of Idaho

B.S., Mechanical Engineering - Brigham Young University 

Affiliations:

​ASME

Publications:

​Skifton, R. S., Davis, K. L., Crepeau, J. C., Solstad, S., “In-Pile Measurements of Fuel Rod Dimensional Changes Utilizing the Test Reactor Loop Pressure for Motion,” 10th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human Machine Interface Technologies, 2017.

 

McEligot, D. M., Chu, X., Skifton, R. S., Laurien, E., “Internal Convective Heat Transfer To Gases In The Low-Reynolds-Number ‘Turbulent’ Range,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 121, DOI: 10.1080/10739149.2017.1389754, pg. 1118 – 1124, 2017.

 

Skifton, R. S., Palmer, J., Calderoni, P. “Optimization of Heat Treatment and Calibration Procedures for High Temperature Irradiation Resistant Thermocouples,” Instrumentation Science and Technology, 2017.

 

Jensen C., Skifton R. S., et al. “FY17 Report for Instrumentation for the Transient Testing Program,” INL/EXT-17-43444, September 2017.

 

Skifton, R. S., Budwig, R.S., McEligot, D. M., Crepeau, J. C., Xing, T., “Entropy Generation for Bypass Transitional Boundary Layers,” ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, FE-16-1061, 2016.

 

Sabharwall, P., Conder, T., Stoots, C., Skifton, R., Smith, B., Vlachos, P., Charonko, J., “Particle Image Velocimetry Uncertainty Methodologies for a Large Matched Index of Refraction Flow Facility,” ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference, Paper No. HT2013-17043, Minneapolis, MN, 2013.

 

Conder, T.E, Budwig, R.S., Skifton R.S., “Particle Image Velocimetry Measurements in a Representative Gas-Cooled Prismatic Reactor Core Model: Distribution of Flow from the Upper Plenum to the Fuel Block Arrangement,” ASME Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, Paper No. FEDSM2013-16008, Incline Village, NV, 2013.

 

Sabharwall, P., Conder, T. E., Skifton, R. S., Stoots, C., Kim, E.S., “PIV Uncertainty Methodologies for CFD Code Validation at MIR Facility,” Idaho National Laboratory External Report, Paper No. 12-27728, Idaho Falls, ID, 2013.

 

Skifton, R.S., Budwig, R.S., McEligot, D., Crepeau, J., “Entropy Generation within Bypass Transitional Flow,” Presentation, American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting, Vol. 58 No. 18, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013.

 

Conder, T.E, Skifton, R.S., Budwig, R.S., “Particle Image Velocimetry Measurements in a Representative Gas-Cooled Prismatic Reactor Core Model: Flow in the Coolant Channels and Interstitial Bypass Gaps,” ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Paper No. IMECE2012-87549, Houston, TX, 2012.

 

Skifton, R.S., Budwig, R.S., McEligot, D., Crepeau, J., “Measurement of Entropy Generation within Bypass Transitional Flow,” Presentation, American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting, Vol. 57 No. 17, San Diego, CA, 2012.

 

Omotowa, O.A., Skifton, R.S., Tokuhiro, A., “Benchmark Studies of Thermal Jet Mixing in SFRS Using a Two-Jet Model,” International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants, Paper No. ICAPP12269, Chicago, IL, 2012.

 

Davis, R., Skifton, R.S., Tokuhiro, A., “One Possible Pitfall with Current Practice in Grid-Convergence,” American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting, Vol. 56 No. 18, Baltimore, MD, 2011.

 

Videos

High-Temperature Instrumentation for Harsh Environments

Presentations:

​Skifton, R. S., Davis, K. L., Crepeau, J. C., Solstad, S., “In-Pile Measurements of Fuel Rod Dimensional Changes Utilizing the Test Reactor Loop Pressure for Motion,” 10th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human Machine Interface Technologies, 2017.

 

Skifton, R.S., Budwig, R.S., “On Improvement to PIV Measurements in High-Shear Wall-Bounded Flow,” ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2015-52840, 2015.

 

Sabharwall, P., Stoots, C., McEligot, D. M., Skifton, R. S., McIlroy, H. M., “Matched-Index-Of-Refraction Flow Facility for Fundamental and Applied Research,” American Nuclear Society Conference, 2014.

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