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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 ...

Fresh Produce Safety During Hydrocooling: An Engineering Model - new

A. Warning[1], A. K. Datta[1]
[1]Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Hydrocooling is the process by which warm produce is chilled with water. The chilling of warm produce generates a negative pressure differential between the produce (warm) and (cold) water due to the condensation of water vapor inside the produce which forms a vacuum and can pull in contaminated water through an opening. A porous media based model of water infiltration was developed using a ...

Boundary Value Effects on Migration Patterns in Hydraulically Fractured Shale Formations - new

T. Aseeperi[1]
[1]Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA

During the hydraulic fracturing process, there can be possible re-activation of closed/sealed faults and natural fractures in the formation, which may lead to changes in the boundary conditions of the reservoir. While study models of shale gas formations have utilized the concept of a closed reservoir in order to optimize the production of gas in the well-bore, this assumption cannot be adopted ...

Natural Refrigeration System Design

A. Prasad [1], O. K. Sacks [1], R. C. Thiagarajan [1],
[1] ATOA Scientific Technologies, Bengaluru, India

This paper deals with the numerical experiments for early prediction of muffler performance at the design stage. In this experiment a Reactive Muffler is developed and validated numerically compared to traditional built and test process.

Steps for the Optimization of Pipe and Tubing Extrusion Dies

J.R. Puentes[1], T.A. Osswald[1], S. Schick[2], J. Berg[2]
[1]Polymer Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
[2]TEEL Plastics, Baraboo, WI, USA

The extrusion of polyolefin pipes suffers degradation due to mechanical design problems of the extrusion die that is commonly used. This study uses numerical and computational approaches to detect problematic areas in the die geometry. Simulations show that in the conventional die there are areas of stagnation and recirculation of the melt flow, resulting in greater residence times, one of the ...

Design of an Anisokinetic Probe for Sampling Radioactive Particles from Ducts of Nuclear Facilities

P. Geraldini [1],
[1] Sogin Spa, Rome, Italy

The aim of this study is to design a new concept of shrouded probe that meets the ISO 2889 requirements and it is suitable for small-ducts installation. In order to reduce the construction costs they have been considered standard stainless steel welding fittings manufactured according to ASME/ANSI specifications. In particular, with the numerical simulations, they have been firstly evaluated ...

Simulation of the Effects of Nano-filler Interactions in Polymer Matrix Dielectric Nanocomposites

Y. Jin [1], R. A. Gerhardt [1],
[1] Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

The finite element method was used for simulating the dielectric response of polymer matrix dielectric composites with randomly and evenly distributed fillers. The dielectric simulation of the composite materials was conducted using a time harmonic-electric current solver in the AC/DC Module of the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. The calculations were performed for a wide range of filler contents ...

Time Dependent Simulations of Thermoelectric Thin Films and Nanowires for Direct Determination of their Efficiency with COMSOL Multiphysics®

M. Muñoz Rojo[1], J. Jose Romero[1], D. Ramos[1], D. Borca-Tasciuc[2], T. Borca-Tasciuc[2], M. Martín Gonzalez[1]
[1]Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
[2]Rensselaer Polytechnique Institute, Troy, New York, USA

Thermoelectric materials are one of the most promising materials for future and nowadays energy harvesting devices, as they can convert heat into electricity and vice-versa. The efficiency of thermoelectric materials is related with the figure of merit, ZT. Our work deals with the determination of the parameters that affect the measurement of the ZT with the Harman technique and the best ...

Advanced Modeling of Friction Stir Welding – Improved Material Model for Aluminum Alloys and Modeling of Different Materials with Different Properties by Using the Level Set Method

S. Dörfler
Wilhelm Gronbach GmbH, Wasserburg a. Inn, Germany

Friction Stir Welding (FSW) has gained much importance throughout the last years. Beside comprehensive experimental work that has been carried out, the simulation of the welding zone is of major interest.  Due to the high strains observed within the welding zone, the Eulerian (CFD) approach seems to be the most promising for the prediction of flow around the FSW tool. However, the CFD ...

Modeling and Simulation of Hydrogen Storage Device for Fuel Cell Plant Using COMSOL Multiphysics

O. Akanji, and A. Kolesnikov
Department of Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering
Tshwane University of Technolgy
Pretoria, South Africa

In this work, a 2D dynamic simulation for a portion of metal hydride based hydrogen storage tank was performed using computational software COMSOL 4.0a Multiphysics. The software is used to simulate the diffusion and heating of hydrogen in both radial and axial directions. The model consists of a system of partial differential equations (PDE) describing two dimensional heat and mass transfer of ...