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Inverse Problem and a New Device to Estimate Thermal Conductivity of Composite Phase Change Material

M. Karkri [1], A. Nachaoui [2]
[1] Université Paris-Est, CERTES, Créteil Cedex, France
[2] Département de Mathématiques 2, Nantes Cedex, France

A new experimental device has been developed in order to characterize the phase change material (PCM) thermal properties (thermal conductivity k, sensible and latent heat thermal energy storage, cp and Lf) in the solid phase, during the solid-liquid transition and in the liquid phase. It allows to measure cylindrical samples of maximum 60 mm radius and 10 mm thick. A typical measurement consists ...

Modeling of HTPEM Fuel Cell Start-Up Process by Using COMSOL Multiphysics

Y. Wang[1], D. Uwe Sauer[1]
[1]Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems, Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

HTPEM fuel cells are considered to be the next generation fuel cells. The electrochemical kinetics for electrode reactions are enhanced by using PBI membrane at an operation temperature between 160-180 °C comparing to LTPEM fuel cells. But starting HTPEM fuel cells from room temperature to an operation temperature is a challenge. In this work, using preheated air to heat up the fuel cells ...

An Integrated Numerical-Experimental Approach for Heat Transfer Analysis of Industrial Furnaces

G. Petrone[1], A. Adorisio[2], S. Adorisio[2], M. Calderisi[3], A. Cecchi[3], M. Scionti[1], F. Turchi[3]
[1]BE CAE & Test, Catania, Italy
[2]Gadda Industrie, Ivrea, Italy
[3]Laboratori Archa, Pisa, Italy

This paper deals with an integrated numerical and experimental analysis work aiming at the investigation of the thermal distribution inside an industrial furnace built for metal materials treatments. The main goal of the research is to find the geometrical and/or functional parameters responsible for a not homogeneous thermal distribution inside the internal volume of the furnace. During the ...

Thermal Conductivity of Composites: How COMSOL Revealed an Omission in a Classical Paper

P. Berne [1],
[1] University Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France

The initial motivation for this work was to explore the relationship between the shape of particles and the thermal conductivity of nanofluids or nanocomposites containing them. Since the possibility for manufacturing exotically-shaped particles is ever growing, it was thought useful to devise a way to select which materials and shapes have a potential for better thermal properties. ...

Heat Pipe Assisted Thermal Management of an HT PEMFC Stack

E. Firat[1], G. Bandlamudi[1], M. Crisogianni[1], P. Beckhaus[1], A. Heinzel[1]
[1]Centre for Fuel Cell Technology (ZBT), Duisburg,NRW, Germany

Heat management is crucial for the satisfactory operation of HT-PEM (High temperature polymer-electrolyte-membrane) fuel cells. Current work investigates the use of heat pipes in a HT PEMFC stack consisting of 24 cells, each with an active area of 300 cm^2. Heat pipes are known to be thermal superconductors operating on the principles of high convective heat transfer and phase transition. ...

Multiphysics and Simulation of MEMS based Bolometer for Detecting the Radiations in Nuclear Power Plants

K. Umapathi[1], S. Swetha[2], K. Ranjitha[2], K. Vinodh[2], K. Deebiga[1], R. Harisudarsan[1]
[1]United Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, TamilNadu, India
[2]Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

High performance micro sensors are important to detecting special nuclear materials radiations in different fields to save the globe. This paper is mainly focused on to develop a MEMS based bolometer for detecting the nuclear radiation to provide the high security in Nuclear power Plants. A thermally sensitive micro metal plate is designed and placed on a substrate through micro thermal link. ...

Several Benchmarks for Heat Transfer Problems in COMSOL Multiphysics®

S. Titarenko[1]
[1]University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

Nowadays all branches in modern science and industry tend to solve ever complicating problems. As the result the computational time increases considerably and it become very important to reduce the processing time and use available resources more efficiently. Parallelizing problem proves itself as efficient way to overcome the described problem. In the poster we compare different methods of ...

Study of the Process, Design, and Operating Parameters Effect on the Efficiency of the Process Mill - new

A. K. Farouk[1]
[1]Department of Mathematics & Natural Science, University of Stavanger, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway

This study is to investigate the velocity pattern and the velocity magnitude of the cuttings that is being processed in the process mill as a result of the rotating hammers. The process mill consists of a horizontal cylindrical shell equipped with renewable liners and rotating hammers for milling of drill cuttings. An F.E model of the process mill was constructed using dimensions similar to ...

Numerical Modeling of the Original and Advanced TEMKIN Reactor for Catalysis Experiments in Laboratory Scale - new

D. Götz[1], M. Kuhn[1], P. Claus[1]
[1]Ernst-Berl-Institute/Chemical Technology II, Darmstadt, Germany

Many industrial, especially heterogeneously catalysed, processes are characterised by a strong interaction between the reaction kinetics and transport phenomena. Because experiments in laboratory scale can be very time- and cost-intensive, Temkin and Kul’kova developed a new reactor design for the direct testing of industrial catalysts. Based on this concept of linearly alternating catalyst and ...

Improving Heating Uniformity of Dried Fruit in RF Treatments for Pest Control: Model Development and Validation - new

B. Alfaifi[1], J. Tang[2], Y. Jiao[2], S. Wang[3], B. Rasco[2], S. Jiao[2], S. Sablani[2]
[1]King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
[2]Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA
[3]Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi, China

Non-uniform heating is one of the most important challenges during the development of radio frequency (RF) heat treatments for pest control. A computer simulation model using finite element–based COMSOL Multiphysics® software was developed to investigate the heating uniformity of raisins packed in a rectangular plastic container and treated using RF heating. The developed model was then ...