Brantley Mills


Brantley Mills

R&D S&E, Mechanical Engineering


In February 2015, Brantley joined Sandia National Laboratories as a senior member of the technical staff in the Thermal Sciences & Engineering department. He has worked in a broad range of heat transfer and fluids subject areas including thermal systems analysis, thermal-fluid cryogenics, reduced-order modeling, concentrated solar power, and nuclear energy. While having an experimental background, his most recent work has focused on developing high-fidelity, multi-physics models for high performance computing with a focus on verification and validation.


    Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, May 2009
    Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, August 2014

Research Interests

    Heat Transfer
    Thermal-fluid cryogenics
    Reduced-order modeling
    Concentrated Solar Power
    Nuclear Energy


  • Mills, B., C. K. Ho, “Numerical Evaluation of Novel Particle Release Patterns in High-Temperature Falling Particle Receivers.” Proceedings of the ASME 2017 Power & Energy Conference & Exhibition, 2017.
  • Mills, B. H., J. R. Saylor, F. Y. Testik, “An experimental study of Mesler entrainment on a surfactant-covered interface: the effect of drop shape and Weber number,” AIChE Journal 58, no. 46 (2012).
  • Mills, B. H., J. D. Rader, D. L. Sadowski, M. Yoda, and S. I. Abdel-Khalik, “Dynamically similar studies of the thermal performance of helium-cooled finger-type divertors with and without fins,” Fusion Science and Technology 62, no. 3 (2012): 379.