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3D COMSOL Multiphysics® Model of a Plate Heat Exchanger to Support a Laboratory Teaching Environment - new

N. Medeiros[1], W. Clark[1]
[1]Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

Chemical engineering students and practitioners need an understanding of fluid flow and heat transfer inside heat exchangers. Because the flow within plate heat exchangers is difficult to visualize, we developed COMSOL Multiphysics® simulations of plate heat exchangers for students to study alongside a physical heat exchanger in a laboratory setting. Simulative experiments allow students to ...

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 ...

High Frequency Resonators Using Exotic Nanomaterials - new

B. Panchapakesan[1], M. Loeian[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA

Human made mechanical resonators have been around for a thousand years. Early applications included musical instruments and chronographs operating in millihertz to kilohertz frequencies while more recent interest has turned ultra-high frequency resonators and oscillators suitable for wireless technologies, mass sensing and even biological applications. The trend has been towards small, stiff and ...

FEM Analysis of Flamelet Wrinkling in a Diffusion Flame - new

Y. Li[1], T.C. Lieuwen[2], J. Zhou[1], H. Cao[1]
[1]Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, China
[2]Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

One can hardly get the exact analytic solution of a full time-dependent convection-diffusion equation, for describing the dynamics of a non-premixed flamelet. The analytic solution of the linearized form with such a model was studied by MATLAB®. And also, a numerical computation was made with the linearization model in COMSOL Multiphysics® software, to provide a perfect accordance with the ...

On the Formation of a Sticking Layer on the Bearing during Thin–Section Aluminium Extrusion

X. Ma[1], M.B. de Rooij[2], and D.J. Schipper[2]

[1]Materials Innovation Institute, Enschede, The Netherlands
[2]University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

This paper describes the use of COMSOL Multiphysics® to determine the shear layer thickness in thin–section aluminum extrusion, based on the minimum work criterion. The studied two aluminum alloys are AA 6063 and AA 7020. The results show that a continuous shear layer featuring shear localization due to localized thermal softening is not possible to form under typical thin&ndash ...

Multiphysics Simulations in Complex 3D Geometry of the High Flux Isotope Reactor Fuel Elements using COMSOL

J. Freels, and P. Jain
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN

A current research and development project is ongoing to convert the operating High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) from highly-enriched uranium (HEU U3-O8) fuel to low-enriched uranium (LEU U-Mo) fuel. Because LEU HFIR-specific testing and experiments will be limited, we are relying on COMSOL to provide the needed multiphysics simulation capability to ...

Semismooth Newton Method for Gradient Constrained Minimization Problem

S. Anyyeva, and K. Kunisch
Institute of Mathematics and Scientific Computing
Karl Franzens University
Graz, Austria

We treat a gradient constrained minimization problem which has applications in mechanics and superconductivity. A particular case of this problem is the elastoplastic torsion problem. In order to solve the problem we developed an algorithm in an infinite dimensional space framework using the concept of the generalized Newton derivative. The Desktop environment of COMSOL Multiphysics 4.1 was ...

Determination and Verification of the Forchheimer Coefficients for Ceramic Foam Filters using COMSOL CFD Modeling

M.W. Kennedy[1], K. Zhang[1], J.A. Bakken[1], R.E. Aune[1]
[1]Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Experiments have been conducted with water at velocities from ~0.015-0.77 m/s to determine the permeability of 50 mm thick commercially available 30, 40, 50 and 80 Pores Per Inch (PPI) Ceramic Foam Filters (CFF) used for liquid metal filtration. Measurements were made using two different setups, for use with the Forchheimer equation: 49 mm \"straight through\" and 101 mm diameter \"expanding ...

Thermo-Acoustic Analysis of an Advanced Lean Injection System in a Tubular Combustor Configuration

A. Giusti[1], A. Andreini[1], B. Facchini[1], F. Turrini[2], Ignazio Vitale[2]
[1]Department of Energy Engineering, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
[2]Avio, Turin, Italy

In this work a thermoacoustic analysis of a tubular combustor with an advanced lean injection system is presented. The performed analysis is based on the resolution of the eigenvalue problem related to an inhomogeneous wave equation which includes a source term representing heat release fluctuations (the so called Flame-Transfer-Function, FTF) in the flame region. The effect of the mean flow is ...

Nondestructive Testing of Composites Using Model Based Design

E. Nesvijski[1]

There is a practical interest among composite materials manufacturers to high-speed accurate non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technology for voids inspection when these voids are natural components of such complex structures like resin insulated layer of double-sided copper-clad laminates. Model based design (MBD) of NDE system is one of principal solutions for voids inspection in such ...