Daniel Jaimes

Daniel Jaimes, Ph.D.

Associate
Thermal Sciences
Los Angeles
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Dr. Jaimes specializes in thermal fluid sciences with an emphasis on high temperature and pressure combustion, alternative fuels, and experimental design. He applies his expertise of fluid and thermodynamic principles to analyze the performance of high-efficiency combustion systems, specifically for a variety of gaseous fuels and at elevated conditions of temperature and pressure. His work experience includes experimentation as well as computational modeling in order to achieve a comprehensive understanding of complex engineering challenges. Dr. Jaimes has conducted a wide variety of laboratory combustion experiments including counterflow flames, constant-volume explosion vessels, high-pressure premixed jet flames, and low calorific fuel injectors. Regarding numerical simulation and computational modeling, his experience includes use of commercial software for chemical kinetic modeling (CHEMKIN), computational fluid dynamics (ANSYS Fluent CFD), and design of experiments (Design-Expert).

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Jaimes was a graduate student researcher at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). As part of the UCI Combustion Laboratory and the Advanced Power and Energy Program, he conducted research involving the influence of high temperature and pressure conditions on alternative fuel combustion for stationary power generation systems. His unique research efforts are directly relevant to rapidly expanding industries such as hydrogen combustion and fire safety, as well as fuel cell failure analyses. Dr. Jaimes developed a standardized test rig for the experimental determination of the lower flammability limits (LFLs) for various renewable fuels at elevated temperature and pressure conditions. His doctoral work involved a computational approach for investigating novel combustion challenges associated with a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) gas turbine (GT) hybrid power system operating on a variety of gaseous fuels. In addition to his academic and research exploits, Dr. Jaimes was also active in outreach activities to engage current graduate students in professional development workshops as well as to recruit and prepare undergraduate students for graduate school careers.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2020
  • M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2017
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2013
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2013
  • 2019-2020 President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship, UC Irvine

    2017-2018 Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Diversity Fellowship, UC Irvine

    2016-2017 Engineering Student Council Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Graduate Student of the Year Award, UC Irvine

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

OSHA 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (29 CFR 1910.120) Certification

67-Hour Principles of Fire Investigation Multi-Program Certification, International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)

Certified Forklift Operator

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish

Publications

Jaimes D, McDonell VG, Samuelsen GS. Lean Flammability Limits of Syngas/Air Mixtures at Elevated Temperatures and Pressures. Energy & Fuels 2018; 32, 10, 10964–10973.

Jaimes D, McDonell VG, Samuelsen GS. Experimental Determination of Lean Flammability Limits of Renewable and Process Gas Mixtures at Elevated Temperature and Pressure Conditions. Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2018: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition. Volume 4A: Combustion, Fuels, and Emissions. Oslo, Norway. June 11–15, 2018. V04AT04A003. ASME.

Presentations

Jaimes D, McDonell VG, Samuelsen GS. Exploring the Distributed Reaction Regime for modeling non-catalytic partial oxidation of renewable fuels at elevated pressures. 11th US National Combustion Meeting, Pasadena, CA, March 2019.

Jaimes D, McDonell VG. Lean flammability limits of renewable gas mixtures at elevated temperatures and pressures. 10th US National Combustion Meeting, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, April 2017.

Jaimes D, McDonell VG. Determination of lower flammability limits of renewable gas mixtures at elevated temperatures and pressures. Western States Section of the Combustion Institute (WSSCI) Spring Meeting, Seattle, WA, March 2016.

Professional Affiliations

The Combustion Institute

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Energy & Fuels

Combustion Science and Technology

ASME Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2020
  • M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2017
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2013
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2013
  • 2019-2020 President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship, UC Irvine

    2017-2018 Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Diversity Fellowship, UC Irvine

    2016-2017 Engineering Student Council Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Graduate Student of the Year Award, UC Irvine

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

OSHA 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (29 CFR 1910.120) Certification

67-Hour Principles of Fire Investigation Multi-Program Certification, International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)

Certified Forklift Operator

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish