Argonne National Laboratory

Richard Vilim

Section Manager, Plant Analysis and Control Section, Nuclear Engineering Division & Senior Nuclear Engineer
- Nuclear Engineering

Richard Vilim is an expert on modeling and simulation of power plants from both an engineering and economic perspective, on power plant instrumentation and control, and on equipment monitoring, with over 30 years experience developing new applications for the process and power industries.

His ongoing research focuses on the cost competitiveness of nuclear power operating in both an electric grid with renewables and in hybrid energy systems.  His research also includes the development of signal-processing methods and automated reasoning methods for detecting sensor failure and for the diagnosis of incipient equipment degradation in process systems. He is presently leading the team responsible for designing the instrumentation and control system for an advanced nuclear power plant to be built with international collaboration.

Vilim has over 200 publications and seven U.S. patents. He has developed a number of computer codes in use by others including General Plant Analyzer and System Simulator (GPASS) and Parameter-Free Reasoning Operator for Automated Identification and Diagnosis (PRO-AID). He is one of four Argonne inventors whose patents formed the intellectual property basis for Smart Signal Corporation, a technology startup company with revenues of $30M, recently acquired by General Electric.

Publications & Patents

  • R.B. Vilim, T. Lee, and S. Passerini, “GPASS – A Code for Design and Analysis of Power Plant Control and Protection Systems,” Proceedings of ICAPP 2016, San Francisco, CA, April 17-20, 2016.
  • R. Vilim, R. Ponciroli, F. Ganda, “New Perspectives on Fast Reactors in Future Electricity Markets,” to appear, International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Next Generation Nuclear Systems for Sustainable Development (FR17), Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation, 26 – 29 June 2017.
  • R.B. Vilim, R. Ponciroli, S. Passerini, “Economics of Hybrid-Energy Systems and the Impact on Advanced Reactor Design and Operation,” ANL-ART-35, Argonne National Laboratory, September 30, 2015.
  • H.E. Garcia, J. Chen, J. Kim, R.B. Vilim, W. Binder, S. Bragg Sitton, R. Boardman, M. McKellar, W. Deason, and C. Paredis, “Dynamic Performance Analysis of Two Regional Nuclear Hybrid Energy Systems,” Energy, 2016, vol. 107, issue C, pages 234-258.
  • R.B. Vilim, “Plant Operation and Control Strategy,” special session on Progress Status of Prototype Generation-IV Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor, ANS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, June 12-16, 2016.
  • R. Ponciroli, Y. Tang, T. Hua, R. Vilim, “Development of Models for Equipment Components in Hybrid Energy Systems,” ANL-NE-25, Argonne National Laboratory, September 30, 2016.
  • R.B. Vilim and A.M. Heifetz, “Transient Multivariable Sensor Estimation,” U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, US 2015/0177030 Al, allowed, to be issued January 2017.
  • R.B. Vilim, Y.S. Park, and A. Grelle, “Parameter-Free Conservation-Based Equipment Fault Diagnosis,” 9th International Conference on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human-Machine Interface Technologies, Charlotte, NC, February 23-26, 2015.
  • R.B. Vilim and K. Thomas, “Operator Support Technologies for Fault Tolerance and Resilience,” 9th International Conference on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human-Machine Interface Technologies, Charlotte, NC, February 23-26, 2015.
  • R.B. Vilim, A.M. Heifetz, Y.S. Park, and J. Choi, “Description of Fault Detection and Identification Algorithms for Sensor and Equipment Failures and Preliminary Tests Using Simulations,” ANL/NE-12/57, Argonne National Laboratory November 30, 2012.
  • R.B. Vilim, A.M. Heifetz, D. Yun, and L. Yacout, “Description of Algorithms for Detecting Sensor Degradation and Preliminary Tests Using Simulations,” ANL/NE-13-2, Argonne National Laboratory, February 1, 2013.
  • R.B. Vilim and A. Heifetz, “Dynamic Stability of the S-CO2 Energy Conversion Cycle as Affected by Sensor Response Time,” Proceedings of ICAPP 2016, San Francisco, CA, April 17-20, 2016.
  • N.A. Carstens, R.B. Vilim, P. Hejzlar, M.J. Driscoll, “Development of a Dynamic Simulation and Control Code for Supercritical CO2 Power Conversion Systems,” 2008 International Conference on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP'08), Anaheim, CA, June 8-12, 2008.