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Modeling of Transport Phenomena in Metal Foaming

B. Chinè[1], M. Monno[2]
[1]Laboratorio MUSP Piacenza, Italy; ITCR, Esc. Ciencia e Ing. Materiales, Cartago, Costa Rica
[2]Laboratorio MUSP, Piacenza, Italy; Politecnico di Milano, Dip. Meccanica, Milano, Italy

Metal foams are interesting materials with many potential applications in engineering. Foamed metals or alloys include gas voids in the material structure with the real possibility to modify ad hoc their physical properties. Following our previous efforts aimed to simulate and study the foaming process of a metal, we propose in this work a model which considers heat and mass transfer ...

Performance Evaluation of the 19th Century Clipper Ship Cutty Sark: A Comparative Study - new

C. Tonry[1], M. Patel[1], C. Bailey[1], W. Davies[1], J. Harrap[1], E. Kentley[1], P. Mason[1]
[1]University of Greenwich, London, UK

The Cutty Sark, built in 1869 in Dumbarton, is the last intact composite tea clipper ship [1]. One of the last tea clippers built she took part in the tea races back from China. These races caught the public imagination of the day and were widely reported in newspapers [2]. They developed from a desire for ‘fresh’ tea and the first ship to return with the new season’s tea could charge a higher ...

Modeling of Non-isothermal Reacting Flow in Fluidized Bed Reactors

V. Orava [1], O. Souček [2], P. Cendula [1]
[1] Institute of Computational Physics, ZHAW, Winterthur, Switzerland
[2] Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

We investigate a prototype concept of a back-up electricity device where we use liquid formic acid (FA) to produce a mixture of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) which is used in a PEM fuel cell, Fig. 1. In the fluidized bed reactor the liquid FA is decomposed to a gaseous mixture of CO2 and H2 in the presence of microscopic floating solid catalytic particles. We describe the system, ...

A Model of Gas Bubble Growth by COMSOL Multiphysics

B. Chinè[1,2], and M. Monno[1,3]
[1]Laboratorio MUSP, Macchine Utensili e Sistemi di Produzione, Piacenza, Italy
[2]Instituto Tecnològico de Costa Rica, Escuela de Ciencia e Ingenierìa de Materiales, Cartago, Costa Rica
[3]Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Meccanica, Milano, Italy

We use COMSOL Multiphysics to model a gas bubble expansion in a viscous liquid initially at rest, a very common system for lightweight foamed materials from metal production and polymer processing. Modelling and simulation of foam processing during the production step involves many complexities, mainly due to the coupled momentum, mass and energy transport mechanisms, presence of more phases in ...

Impact of Electro-Convection (EC) on Heat Transfer in Liquid-Filled Containers

A. Pokryvailo [1],
[1] Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation, Hauppauge, NY, USA

Electric field can bring liquid in motion and thus influence heat transfer. Electro-convection (EC) can be caused by electric forces acting on a liquid, even in absence of space charge. Here, we studied heat transfer in a metal vessel filled by oil, with a submersed high voltage electrode serving as source of heat. Physics involved are Electrostatics and Laminar Flow with Heat Transfer. ...

Modeling Wear of Journal Bearings

P. Bergmann [1], F. Grün [1],
[1] Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Montanuniversität Leoben, Leoben, Austria

Wear in hydrodynamic journal bearings resulting from solid contact in the mixed friction regime becomes an increasingly prominent topic leading to the necessity of numerical wear evaluations. A numerical method tackling this topic based on Archard’s wear law is presented and applied on a close-to-component journal bearing test rig. This approach allows a validation of numerical results by ...

Hydrodynamics and Mass Transfer in Taylor Flow

F. L. Durán Martínez [1], A. M. Billet [1], C. Julcour-Lebigue [1], F. Larachi [2],
[1] Toulouse University, Toulouse, France
[2] Laval University, Quebec, Canada

In the present work, numerical simulations of a Monolith Reactor (MR) are carried out in order to develop a pre-design tool for industrial-scale reactors applied to highly exothermal reactions. The reacting circular channels (2-4 mm internal diameter) are coated with a few micron thick catalytic layer (washcoat), and host a gas-liquid segmented flow (the so-called Taylor flow) known to enhance ...

Air Bubbles Motion Through Fresh Concrete During Concreting Process

E. Chuta [1], J. Jeong [2],
[1] Université Paris-Est, IRC-ESTP, Cachan, France
[2] IRC-ESTP, Cachan, France

Over the last years, the concrete technology has progressed in order to improve the quality of its use and mechanical performances. Despite the technical development known in the context of concrete, the esthetic aspect remains weakly treated. Among the esthetic problems, there is the formation and dispersion of air bubbles (Bugholes) inside the concrete during the concreting process. An ...

Design and Simulation of Piezoelectric Micropump and Microvalve based Drug Delivery System

D. Samajdar[1], P. Podder[1], A. Bhattacharyya[1], S. Sen[1]
[1]Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, WB, India

In the emerging field of MEMS microfluidics, micropumps and microvalves are two of the most important devices with a wide spectrum of applications such as programmable drug delivery systems, lab-on-a chip devices, µTAS (micro total analysis system), micro electric cooling applications etc. These microfluidic components are dominating the MEMS applications by virtue of their improved performance ...

Miscible Viscous Fingering of Pushed Versus Pulled Interface

S. Pramanik[1], M. Mishra[1]
[1]Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Rupnagar, Punjab, India

Viscous fingering (VF) instability has been extensively studied over past several decades in the context of various industrial, environmental and chemical processes. We try to model miscible VF at pushed or pulled interfaces using COMSOL Multiphysics®. We study the effect of the positive and negative log-mobility ratio on the fingering instability. Numerical simulation has been performed in 2D ...