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Passive Thermal Control for Window Insulation - new

E. Konroyd-Bolden[1], Dr. Z. Liao[1]
[1]Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

A requirement of the building envelope is to act as environmental separator. Energy is one component that we sometimes wish to control. How can this yield passive benefits such as solar heating? This research focuses on control of thermal radiation energy, and the role windows play as transfer medium between indoor and outdoor environments. A novel concept for passively controlling solar ...

Using COMSOL to Estimate the Heat Losses of Composite Panels Undergoing Repairs Using Bayesian Inference

A. Emery[1]
[1]University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Composite repairs involve applying a prescribed heat flux which must be adjusted to account for heat losses. These losses must be estimated. Parameter estimation requires a knowledge of sensitivities. This is often done using finite differences. As shown in the figure, substantial errors often occur. The paper describes the use of the PDE features of COMSOL to obtain much more accurate values by ...

Porous Media Based Model for Deep-Fat Vacuum Frying Potato Chips

A. Warning, A. K. Datta, A. Dhall, and D. Mitrea
Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

A multiphase porous media model involving heat and mass transfer within a potato chip was implemented in COMSOL 3.5a. The diffusive flux in oil and liquid water was modeled from capillary driven flow while the gas phase was modeled using binary diffusion. A non-equilibrium water evaporation rate was used and Darcy's law for the momentum equation to solve for the convection of each species. ...

Thermal Modelling of Lunar Surface at Regional Scales using COMSOL Multiphysics®

K. Durga Prasad [1], S. V. S. Murty [1], V. K. Rai [1],
[1] Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India

The thermal behavior/heat flow of the Moon provides us an insight into its geophysical character and thermal evolution. The thermal behavior within the uppermost (top few meters) regolith layers is more complex due to their complex geometric, thermal and radiative properties. In order to have a better understanding of the phenomenon, the thermal behavior of the lunar surface at regional scales ...

Use of COMSOL Multiphysics® for IAQ Monitoring in Cleanrooms - new

G. Petrone[1], C. Balocco[2]
[1]BE CAE & Test, Catania, Italy
[2]Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Firenze, Firenze, Italy

High levels of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in Operating Theatres (OT) is an important issue in order to contribute in prevention of Surgical Site Infections (SSI). Despite of specific plant layouts are applied for OT ventilation (e.g. unidirectional flow), the effective use conditions can heavily modify the design microclimate and air quality levels. Medical staff presence and movements and sliding ...

Solid Target Cooling for High Power Neutrino Super Beam

B. Lepers, and C. Bobeth
IPHC, CNRS, Strasbourg, France

The feasibility of water cooling is investigated for a solid target which is integrated as the inner conductor in a magnetic horn for secondary particle focusing (pi; K) as used in conventional neutrino beam accelerator experiment. A simple axi-symmetric thermal model calculated in COMSOL is used to obtain the temperature distribution inside the target for different values of h; power beam and ...

Generating Simulated Data for Spot Heating/IR Camera Analysis of Coal Slag Surfaces - new

M. Silva[1], T. Ring[1]
[1]Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

For combustion simulations, the wall temperature and heat transfer is an important piece of information. Coal combustion systems typically have walls that are initially a cast ceramic, but, with time, slag is deposited on the surface and coal and soot are incorporated into the slag. It is this slag coated ceramic that determines the rate at which heat is transferred from the wall combustion ...

Thermal FEM Simulation Of A Multilevel Lab On Chip Device For Genetic Analysis

E. Giuri, A. Ricci, and S.L. Marasso
Politecnico di Torino, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering Department, Turin, Italy

In this work, time dependent thermal analyses, performed on the 3D FE model of a multilevel Lab on Chip (LOC) platform are executed in order to gain insight into the temperature distribution within the device. By means of the COMSOL Multiphysics CAD import module, an extremely close 3D reproduction of the actual device, allowing to probe temperatures in those regions where an experimental ...

BHE Field Design by Superposition of Effects in Space and Time

S. Lazzari[1], E. Zanchini[1]
[1]DIENCA - University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

A design method for BHE fields in the absence of groundwater flow is presented, based on the superposition of effects. The effects of any periodic heat load with a period of one year can be obtained by a weighted sum of the effects of a monthly unit step heat load, properly displaced in time. The interference among BHEs is evaluated by the superposition of effects in space. The result of the ...

Delamination of Sub-Crustal Lithosphere - new

P. Vincent[1], E. Humphreys[2]
[1]College of Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA
[2]Department of Geological Sciences, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA

Introduction: Lithospheric delamination beneath the western U.S. is believed to be the driving mechanism responsible for the evolution of magmatic and topographic features observed at the surface in the western U.S.. This process requires hot asthenosphere to be in contact with the underside of cold sub-crustal lithosphere and believed to be initiated by the Yellowstone hot spot plume that due ...