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Modeling of Biocalcification in Non-Saturated Conditions

B. Courcelles [1], C. Raymond-Poirier [1],
[1] École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada

In the context of increasing demographic pressures around the world, soil improvement techniques constitute viable alternatives to expensive foundations. Among these techniques, the biocalcification of granular soils appears as a promising alternative relying on the formation of calcium carbonates. The process is relatively basic and energy efficient, as based on the metabolic activity of the ...

Modeling Voltammetry of a Rotating Disk Electrode

A. Giaccherini [1], A. Lavacchi [2],
[1] INSTM, Firenze, Italy
[2] ICCOM - CNR, Firenze, Italy

In this work we report a numerical model of a Rotating Disk Electrode (RDE) voltammetry in a finite size domain. Thus, explaining the discrepancy of the diffusion coefficient obtained from the experimental rotating speed, with respect to the literature data. We achieved a very good agreement at the limiting current and at the unexpected peak for the RDE voltammetry at 2000 rpm and different ...

Numerical Analysis of the Effect of Surface Active Elements on Marangoni Flow in a Melt Pool

K. Yadav [1], A. Mishra [1],
[1] IIT Kanpur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

Marangoni flow affects the heat and mass transfer occurring in the molten metal regions in welding and additive manufacturing processes. It originates from the surface tension gradient (∂γ/∂T) induced at the melt pool surface due to the temperature difference. The flow pattern within melt pool affects the segregation and melt-pool shape and size. The flow pattern and therefore the melt pool ...

Model Development and Implementation of a Membrane Shift Reactor

J. Völler[1], M. Follmann[1], C. Bayer[1], and T. Melin[1]

[1]AVT Chemical Process Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

Low temperature fuel cells require hydrogen of high purity for electricity production to avoid catalyst poisoning. To purify hydrogenrich flue gases from hydrocarbon steam reforming membrane shift reactors with a metal membranes may be utilized. A model of a tubular membrane shift reactor with a hydrogenseparating palladium membrane is modeled in the COMSOL Multiphysics® Chemical Engineering ...

Improvements in the Modeling of the Self-ignition of Tetrafluoroethylene

M. Beckmann-Kluge, F. Ferrero, V. Schröder, A. Acikalin, and J. Steinbach
Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Technical University, Berlin, Germany

Tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) is a gas widely employed in industry, which can under specific circumstances experience an exothermic dimerization to octafluorocyclobutane. If the heat generated by this reaction cannot be dissipated to the surroundings, the temperature inside the reactor will continue rising, leading to conditions where TFE can decompose in tetrafluoromethane and carbon black. This ...

Effect of Bed Diffusion and Operating Parameters on Char Combustion in the Context of Underground Coal Gasification

S. Mahajani, and G. Samdani
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Mumbai, India

Char combustion is one of the most important reactions in the process of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG). Experiments are performed in a boat reactor under near isothermal condition to demonstrate effects of heat and mass transfer and bed diffusion through ash layer. To obtain a complete overview of boat experiments and to further get insights, CFD analysis of boat reactor is performed using ...

Modeling of Asphaltenes and Oil Shale Pyrolysis - new

J. P. Mmbaga[1], F. Munoz[2], S. Dhir[1], R. Gupta[1], R. E. Hayes[1], M. Toledo[2]
[1]University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
[2]Departamento de Ingenieria Mecanica, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile

Pyrolysis is a key step in the conversion of carbonaceous materials into useful products. In this study, we investigate the pyrolysis of asphaltene and oil shale, both experimentally and numerically. COMSOL Multiphysics® software is used to model the combined effects of fluid flow in porous media, mass transfer of species, heat transfer, and reaction kinetics. Gas evolution and the porosity ...

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 ...

Modelling Waste Water Flow in Hollow Fibre Filters

I. Borsi[1] and A. Fasano[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Matematica U. Dini, Università di Firenze, Firenze, Italy

In this paper we present a model to describe the process of waste water filtration based on hollow-fibre membrane filters. In particular, we deal with membranes whose pores diameter is in the range 0.01-0.1 µm. The main problem in these filtering systems is the membrane fouling. The mathematical model consists in two equations for the Darcy's flow through the filter, coupled with an ...

Miscible Viscous Fingering: Application in Chromatographic Columns and Aquifers

S. Pramanik[1], G. L. Kulukuru[1], M. Mishra[1]
[1]Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Rupnagar, Punjab, India

When a less viscous fluid displaces a more viscous one in a porous medium or Hele-Shaw cell, the interface between the two miscible fluids does not remain flat and deforms into fingers growing in time [1]. It occurs due to the faster movement of less viscous fluid than the more viscous one, for a given pressure gradient. Fingering affects in aquifers, in packed bed reactors, and detrimental to ...