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Virtual Functional Product Development of a ┬Á-Methane Steam Reformer

T. J. Kazdal [1], M. J. Hampe [1],
[1] Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

A micro steam methane reformer is a complex product consisting of multiple units. For the virtual functional product development it is necessary to validate these sub models separately. Therefore a reactor was designed to analyse kinetics of chemical reactions. The reactor design is based on a simulation geometry and the boundary conditions of the simulation were recreated in the experimental ...

The Analysis of the Conditions of Flow in the Tundish Performed by a Numerical and Physical Method

T. Merder [1], J. Jowsa [2], A. M. Hutny [2], J. Pieprzyca [1], M. Warzecha [2],
[1] Silesian University of Technology, Katowice, Poland
[2] Czestochowa University of Technology, Czestochowa, Poland

Studies of the liquid metal movement (hydrodynamic) in a real object (tundish) are substantially precluded due to the objective difficulties (high temperature and the size of metallurgical equipment), compared to their execution by the use of physical and numerical modeling. In presented study, two test methods for analyzing the flow and mixing of the liquid steel in the tundish were used. The ...

Optimization of Welding Parameters using 3D Heat and Fluid Flow Modeling of Keyhole Laser Welding

S. Gaied [1], M. Courtois [2], M. Carin [2], P. Le Masson [2]
[1] ArcelorMittal Global R&D, Montataire, France
[2] LUniv. Bretagne-Sud, Lorient, France

A Laser-welded blank (LWB) consists of steels of different thicknesses and/or grades welded together to produce a single blank prior to the forming process. LWB are mostly used in the automotive field where the high productivity of the laser welding process is an advantage. Numerical modeling of the welding process could be a way to optimize the energy input and the quality of LWB, by taking ...

The Use of CFD Simulations in Learning Fluid Mechanics at the Undergraduate Level

Marc K. Smith
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Simple, accurate CFD simulations using COMSOL Multiphysics are used in a senior-level undergraduate course as a means to explore a number of fluid flows with the intent of developing a deep understanding of the underlying fluid mechanical mechanisms involved in the flows. Students also learn about the finite element method, how to properly pose the underlying mathematical model for the fluid ...

Numerical Simulation of Forced and Static Smoldering Combustion

S. Singer[1], W. H. Green[1]
[1]Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Transient, two-dimensional (axisymmetric) simulations of a cigarette subject to realistic static and forward smoldering cycles were performed. The computational domain consists of a porous packed bed of tobacco and a filter surrounded by a thin, porous paper and a region of surrounding air. The governing equations include overall mass conservation, momentum conservation, conservation equations ...

Investigating the Performance of Mechanically Ventilated Double-Skin Facades with Solar Control Devices in the Main Cavity - new

C. G. Galante[1]
[1]Newtecnic Ltd, London, England, UK

The use of ventilated facades may reduce the cooling and heating energy demands of the building. Double-skin facades (DSFs) belong to the wider group of ventilated facades and currently represent one of the most interesting and studied facade systems. The purpose of this study is to investigate the thermal behaviour and performance of a DSF being designed for a real project in the Middle East ...

Simulation of Constant-Volume Droplet Generators for Parallelization Purposes

D. Conchouso [1], A. Arevalo [1], D. Castro [1], Y. Ying [1], I. G. Foulds [2]
[1] King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
[2] School of Engineering, University of British Columbia - Okanagan, Vancouver, BC, Canada

To maintain same droplet size across parallel devices, new break-up strategies based on geometry are been studied. In this work, we model a geometrically-set droplet generator, in which the droplet break-up occurs by a block and break mechanism. In other words when the disperse phase blocks the path of the continuous phase, droplet formation occurs. The devices showed consistent droplet ...

Friction Factor for Perforated Pipes

D. Neihguk [1], M. L. Munjal [2], A. Prasad [1],
[1] Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Chennai, India
[2] Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Perforated pipes are extensively used to control exhaust noise in automobiles [1-4]. The energy loss associated with the perforations leads to back pressure which needs to be quantified and minimized [5]. An objective approach presented in [6] is the introduction of friction factor for perforated ducts as a function of the porosity. In this article, the utilization of the CFD Module of COMSOL ...

The Use of COMSOL in Teaching Heat and Moisture Transport Modeling in Building Constructions

A.W.M. van Schijndel[1] and H.L. Schellen[1]
[1]Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

This paper presents the use of the multiphysics package COMSOL for teaching heat and moisture transport modeling in the research area of building physics. It includes a description on how COMSOL works and six exercises with 2D, 3D, steady state and transient models. It is concluded that COMSOL is a very useful tool for this kind of engineering education. Especially, the abstraction level of ...

Numerical Simulation of Granular Solids’ Behaviour: Interaction with Gas

A. Zugliano[1], R. Artoni[2], A. Santomaso[2], and A. Primavera[1]
[1]Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche S.p.a., Buttrio, UD, Italy
[2]DIPIC, Università di Padova, Padova, Italy

In previous works a dissipative hydrodynamic model was used to simulate the behavior of a dense granular solid flowing through silos with simple geometries or with internal devices, showing good agreement with experimental results. That model has been upgraded taking into account the interaction between the solid itself and a nonreactive gaseous stream flowing countercurrent through it. This ...