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Dynamics of a Sessile Droplet Evaporation

G. Marinaro[1], A. Accardo[1], E. Di Fabrizio[1]
[1]Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Nanostructures Department, Genova, Italy

Evaporation of sessile droplets is associated with simple phenomena such as the ring-like spot left by a drying coffee droplet. Evaporation rate plays an important role on the convective motion inside the droplet. These fluxes are for example one of the factors responsible for amyloid fibrillation of proteins, a mechanism present in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer. In our ...

Solar Cell Cooling and Heat Recovery in a Concentrated Photovoltaic System

M. Cozzini[1]
[1]Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Renewable Energies and Environmental Technologies (REET) Unit, Trento, Italy

Concentrated photovoltaic systems with high efficiency solar cells are being widely investigated, aiming at improving the cost-efficiency balance in the solar energy field. Different cell types are in use: e.g., high concentration triple junction cells, reaching efficiencies of the order of 35 - 40 % at 1000 suns, and medium concentration mono-crystalline silicon cells, with efficiencies of the ...

Thermal Simulations of a LED Light Using COMSOL Multiphysics

M. Maaspuro[1]
[1]University of Turku, Turku, FInland

An experimental LED light composed of a multi-chip LED-module, a LED driver and an efficient heat sink, was investigated using COMSOL Multiphysics software and the Heat Transfer Module. In an LED light heat is mainly generated in the LEDs but some amount of heat is generated also in the LED driver. The main target of the simulations was to resolve the junction temperatures of LEDs, the most ...

Utilization of COMSOL Multiphysics' JAVA API for the Implementation of a Micromagnetic Modeling and Simulation Package with a Customized User Interface

L. Teich[1], A. Hütten[2], C. Schröder[1]
[1]Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Computational Materials Science & Engineering (CMSE), University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
[2]Department of Physics, Thin Films and Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

One of the big advantages of COMSOL Multiphysics is the possibility to implement user-defined partial differential equations (PDE) which can be coupled to COMSOL\'s predefined physics interfaces. However, using the tool’s standard user interface requires manual implementation of the PDEs and a multitude of problem-specific parameters. This process is not just error-prone but also very time ...

Battery Pack Temperature Distribution Simulation with COMSOL and MATLAB®

M. Masomtob[1], C. Schaeper[1], W. Zhou[1], D. Uwe Sauer[1]
[1]Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems Group, Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

This work is to present an implementation of COMSOL with MATLAB® [1] for the liquid cooling system of a battery pack based on the physics in COMSOL. The m.file of a model of battery module from COMSOL 4.2 is exported and modified to run in MATLAB®, as well as is managed by using another m.file. The advantage of running the model of COMSOL in MATLAB® is that each part in system built in COMSOL 4 ...

Multiphysics Modeling of Warm-Air Drying of Potatoes Slices

S. Sandoval Torres[1], A. de Lourdes Allier González[1], L.L. Méndez Lagunas[1]
[1]Instituto Politécnico Nacional, CIIDIR, Oaxaca, Mexico

In this work we solve a model to simulate the drying of potatoes slices. The model considers both the transport of free and vapor water by applying a mechanistic approach. The critical moisture point (CMP) was considered, since it is a transition zone and it represents the point where water saturation is near from cero and hygroscopic domain begins. The CMP divides the hygroscopic and non ...

Thermoacoustic Analysis of Combustion Instability Importing RANS Data

G. Campa[1], E. Cosatto[2], S. Camporeale[1]
[1]Politecnico di Bari, Bari, Italy
[2]Ansaldo Energia, Genova, Italy

A hybrid technique based on the use of the FEM and the transfer matrix method is used to identify the frequencies at which thermoacoustic instabilities are expected and the growth rate of the pressure oscillations at the onset of instability. The Helmholtz equation is used to model the combustion chamber and the classical ?-? formulation for the flame model is adopted. The gas turbine combustion ...

Operation of an Electromagnetic Trigger with a Short-Circuit Ring

D. Križaj[1], Z. Top?agi?[1], B. Drnovšek[1]
[1]Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Numerical simulation of an electromagnetic trigger with a short-circuit ring is presented. The main goal of inclusion of a short-circuit ring in an electromagnetic trigger is to develop an element suitable for use in a circuit breaker with capabilities of selective switching. The main problem to be solved is vibration of a moving contact due to zero electromagnetic force between the anchor and ...

Computational Modeling and Simulation of the Human Duodenum

B. Hari[1], S. Bakalis[1], P. Fryer[1]
[1]The University of Birmingham, School of Chemical Engineering, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Worldwide attention in the computational modeling and simulation of the human intestine is increasing in order to help understand its complex behavior and improve health. Computational fluid dynamics is an essential tool to understand the mechanics and transport phenomena of the human intestine, thereby advancing the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal related diseases. The aim of this ...

Simulation Organogenesis in COMSOL: Deforming and Interacting Domains

D. Iber[1], D. Menshykau[1]
[1]D-BSSE, ETH Zurich, Basel, Switzerland

Organogenesis is a tightly regulated process that has been studied experimentally for decades. We are developing mechanistic models for the morphogenesis of limbs, lungs, and kidneys with a view to integrate available knowledge and to better understand the underlying regulatory logic. Organ size changes dramatically during development, and tissues are composed of several layers that may expand ...