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Numerical Implementation Of A Multivariable Thermomechanical Model For Unsaturated Bentonite

V-M. Pulkkanen, and M. Olin
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland

A compacted bentonite clay buffer is planned to be used as a part of the engineered barrier system in the KBS-3 concept for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel. Simulations together with experimental studies are needed to ensure that bentonite fulfills its safety functions in the concept. In this paper, one type of bentonite model, namely a thermomechanical model developed by Jussila, is ...

FEM Simulations on the Effect of the Thermal-induced Surface Stress on Ultrathin Resonators

V. Pini, J. J. Ruz Martinez, E. Gil, M. Calleja, and J. Tamayo
Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madri
Madrid, Spain

The detection back-action phenomenon has received little attention in physical, chemical, and biological sensors based on nanomechanical systems. We show that this effect is very significant in ultrathin bimetallic cantilevers, in which the laser beam that probes the picometer scale vibration largely modifies the resonant frequencies of the system. The light back-action effect is nonlinear, ...

Fully Coupled FEM Modeling of the Swelling Behavior of Human Intervertebral Disc in Response to a Change in Chemical Environment

G. K. Mistri[1], K. J. Suthar[2]
[1]Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
[2]Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA

The swelling behavior of human intervertebral disc is strongly influenced by chemical changes in the surrounding environment. Swelling of IVD is governed by various physical phenomena, including chemical and electric potential based transport, electrical charge balance, and swelling due to concentration difference within IVD relative to surrounding fluid. This change in geometry can be described ...

Investigation of Thermal and Mechanical Factors on Distance Sensors in a Tow Bar

C. Mallwitz [1], L. Fromme [1], B. Sielhorst [2],
[1] University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Bielefeld, Germany
[2] Westfalia-Automotive GmbH, Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany

Most technical systems become smart over time, therefore those systems will have improved safety and comfort functions. An example is a new development by Westfalia-Automotive. A new generation of smart tow bars, equipped with a sensor system, including distance sensors, is able to inform the driver of a car with a connected trailer about vertical and trailing loads. This helps to ensure a ...

Development and Production of a Box for Storage and Shipping of HDIs in the Upgrade of the CMS Experiment

F. Noto[1], S. Costa[2], N. Giudice[2], F. Librizzi[3], A. Rapicavoli[2], M.A. Saizu[4], V. Sparti[3]
[1]Instituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy; Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy
[2] Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia, Instituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy; Università di Catania, Catania, Italy
[3]Instituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare - Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy
[4]Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Bucharest-Magurele, Romania

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has begun operations at 7 TeV center of mass energy. CERN plans to run at this energy until the end of 2012 with the goal of providing an integrated luminosity of a few fb?¹ to the CMS and ATLAS experiments. The LHC will then shut down for 1.5 to 2 years to make the revisions necessary to run at ~14 TeV. Operation resumes in 2014. In 2017/18, there will be ...

Stresses Due to Intercalation of Non-Spherical Lithium Storage Particles - new

R. Purkayastha[1], R. McMeeking[2]
[1]Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
[2]University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Due to computational considerations most models of lithium storage particles in batteries incorporate spherical particles. However most storage particles used in battery electrodes tend to be irregular in shape with sharp edges and extended aspect ratios. The change of the relative surface area to the volume of the particle can lead to a change in the stress response of the particle for the same ...

Si-Infiltrated SiC Lattices in Elevated Temperatures: A Thermo-Mechanical Analysis

E. Rezaei [1],
[1] EPFL, Lugano, Switzerland

Si-infiltrated SiC porous composites exist in different forms composed of cores of cellular ceramic and skin plates of ceramic matrix composites. Due to high thermal conductivity, low coefficient of thermal expansion, high elastic modulus and high strength, the final product can be a promising candidate for applications in temperatures up to 1500 K such heat exchangers, recuperators and solar ...

Thermo-mechanical Modeling of Pu-238 Production Target at HFIR

C.J. Hurt [1], J.D. Freels [2],
[1] University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
[2] Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

The production model in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software makes use of the most up-to-date PIE data, material property inputs, and modeling methodology. The fully coupled thermo-mechanical equations are solved over the entire domain, significantly increasing the degrees of freedom required for a solution, in addition to several other improvements in the computational methodology of the model. ...

Analysis Of The Design Criteria For Ancient Greek And Roman Catapults

K.M. Paasch
Center for Product Development, Mads Clausen Institute, South Danish University, Denmark

This paper will give a short overview of use of COMSOL Multiphysics for analyzing ancient Greek and Roman catapults with the main focus on the energy storing torsion springs. Catapults have been known and used in the Greek and Roman world from around 399 BC and a fully standardized design for powerful torsion catapults emerged around 270 BC, based on one basic factor, the diameter of the torsion ...

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