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Numerical Model For Rocking Of Mono-Pile In A Porous Seabed

D-S. Jeng, X. Luo, and J. Zhang
Division of Civil Engineering, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK

Offshore wind and wave energy industries have developed considerably in the last two decades. Most offshore energy structures used in the existing projects are mono-piles in shallow water due to simplicity of installations, design and control. Numerous research for the design and modeling of offshore wind energy system have been carried out in the past. However, most previous studies have been ...

Simulation Tests of the Constitutive Equation of a Nonlinear Viscoelastic Fluid

A. Czirják [1], Z. Kőkuti [1], G. Tóth-Molnár [1], G. Szabó [1], P. Ailer [2], L. Palkovics [2]
[1] University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary
[2] Kecskemét College, Kecskemét, Hungary

The determination of the constitutive equation of a nonlinear viscoelastic fluid is a challenging task, especially if a space-dependent equation is needed [1]. In this contribution, we present simulations of certain rheometry tests of a high-viscosity nonlinear viscoelastic fluid with a rotational rheometer [2]. We compare the measured values with the computed values of a few selected ...

Implementation of Immersed Finite Element Method for Fluid-Structure Interaction Applications

N. Nama [1], T. J. Huang [1], F. Costanzo [1],
[1] Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA

Fluid-structure interaction (FSI) refers to a class of problems in which the motions of fluid and solid are coupled. FSI is of great significance in many applications such as aero-elasticity, biomechanics, and design of various engineering systems. Typically, the multiphysics involved in the FSI problems render them too complex to solve analytically, necessitating the use of numerical ...

Building Energy Simulation Using the Finite Element Method

J. van Schijndel[1]
[1]Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

In order to predict, improve and meet a certain set of performance requirements related to the indoor climate of buildings and the associated energy demand, building energy simulation (BES) tools are indispensable. Due to the rapid development of FEM software and the Multiphysics approaches, it should possible to build and simulate full 3D models of buildings regarding the energy demand. The ...

A Computational Approach for Optimizing the First Flyer Using COMSOL Multiphysics

A.H. Aziz[1], H. Pourzand[1], A.K. Singh[1]
[1]Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics software was used to structurally optimize the Wright brothers’ flyer. The flyer was drawn in SolidWorks, imported and meshed in COMSOL. COMSOL Solid Mechanics module was used to analyze the flyer. Four of the sixteen struts were removed yet the structural integrity of the flyer was maintained. COMSOL Laminar Flow module was used to compute the aerodynamic forces and ...

Wind Flow Modeling of Area Surrounding the Case Western Reserve University Wind Turbine

M. Fernandes[1], D. Matthiesen[1]
[1]Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA

The CWRU Turbine is a research turbine located in a urban campus in Cleveland, Ohio. This location may create turbulence, resulting in a possible loss in energy generation. This research attempts to answers the question of whether the wind flow is affected by the buildings or not. The surrounding buildings, which vary in height from 20 to 40 meters, may affect the wind patterns at the hub ...

Simulated Rheometry of a Nonlinear Viscoelastic Fluid

A. Czirják[1], Z. Kőkuti[1], G. Tóth-Molnár[1], P. Ailer[2], L. Palkovics[2], G. Szabó[1]
[1]University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary
[2]Kecskemét College, Kecskemét, Hungary

In certain cases, the accuracy of measurements with a rotational rheometer can be influenced by inefficient thermal management, by the heat generated in the sample, or by rod-climbing due to the Weissenberg effect. We investigate the effect of these phenomena with simulations in COMSOL Multiphysics®. Our model is based on the axial symmetric (2D) formulation of the two-phase flow with the ...

Modeling the Effect of Headspace Steam on Microwave Heating of Mashed Potato - new

J. Chen[1], K. Pitchai[1], D. Jones[1], J. Subbiah[1]
[1]University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA

Introduction: Domestic microwave ovens are widely used to heat food products, because of rapid and convenient heating. Nonuniform heating is the biggest issue in microwave heating process, which also causes food quality and safety issues. Microwave heating models are promising tools to assist in developing food products that deliver uniform heating. Due to intensive heating, moisture evaporation ...

Pervaporation Membrane Module Design with Simulation

J. Boon [1], H. Heuver [2], F. Velterop [2], H. van Veen [1], A. de Groot [1],
[1] ECN, Petten, The Netherlands
[2] Pervatech, Rijssen, The Netherlands

Pervaporation is the selective evaporation of one component in a liquid mixture using a membrane. HybSi pervaporation membranes consist of porous ceramic support tubes with a thin selective layer on the inside or feed side. Modules for 7 and 19 membrane bundles (surface area up to 2.0 m2) are studied in COMSOL Multiphysics® for the absence of pressure drop on the permeate side. With a water flux ...

Mathematical Modeling Of Traveling-Wave Electroosmotic Micropumps By Using Of The Weak Form

J. Hrdlicka, P. Cervenka, and D. Snita
Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

This contribution is devoted to the mathematical modeling of the AC electroosmotic micropumps in COMSOL Multiphysics and Matlab. The mathematical model involves the microchannel surroundings and several AC-voltage driving modes. The weak form has been used for handling singularities and other problems. The system dynamic behavior and conditions at the phase interfaces will be discussed.