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3D Modelling of Flow Dynamics in Packed Beds of Low Aspect Ratio - new

F. Alzahrani[1], F. Aiouache[1]
[1]Engineering Department, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

This work used the 3D CFD modeling to investigate non-uniform deactivation in packed bed reactors of low aspect ratios under steady state and dynamic operations. In order to explore the effects of condition of instability on local deactivation, detailed knowledge of flow dynamics (i.e. local structure of the packed bed, pressure drops and interstitial flow in the void space), heat and mass rate ...

Micromechanical Design of Novel Thermal Composites for Temperature Dependent Thermal Conductivity - new

R. C. Thiagarajan[1],
[1]ATOA Scientific Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Materials with an order variable in thermal conductivity as a function of temperature are desirable for thermoelectric heat energy recovery, building thermal insulation and solar thermal applications. Thermal Conductivity is an inherent material property. Engineering the fundamental thermal conductivity needs manipulation at thermal photon level for conventional materials. Engineering thermal ...

A Model of Heat Transfer in Metal Foaming

Bruno Chinè [1], Valerio Mussi [2], Michele Monno [3], Andrea Rossi [2],
[1] School of Materials Science and Engineering, Costa Rica Institute of Technology, Cartago, Costa Rica
[2] Macchine Utensili e Sistemi di Produzione, Piacenza, Italy
[3] Dipartimento di Meccanica, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Metal foams are interesting materials with many potential applications. Foamed metals or alloys include gas voids in the material structure and therefore the density is introduced as a new variable, with the real possibility to modify ad hoc their physical properties. In the indirect foaming process carried out in a furnace, simultaneous mass, momentum and energy transfer between three phases, ...

Modeling Time-Dependent, Rigid-Body Motion of a Microswimmer

A. F. Tabak [1], G. Amador [1], M. Sitti [1],
[1] Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany

The thermocapillary effect is widely used in microfluidic applications for sensing and actuation and can also be used to generate rigid-body motion. Furthermore, it is possible to cast Marangoni flows to achieve controllable rigid-body motion in 3D space. To this effect, here we present the basics of a simulation technique to analyze 6-DOF time-dependent rigid-body motion of such a microswimmer ...

Improvement of a Steady State Method of Thermal Interface Material Characterization by Use of a Three Dimensional FEA Simulation in COMSOL

B. Sponagle[1], D. Groulx[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

An FEA model of a steady state thermal interface material characterization apparatus was created in COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2a. This model was then fitted using three convection heat loss coefficients and the conductance of the TIM layer to a set of experimental measurements made using a steady state apparatus. It was shown that the model successfully matched the measured temperature values and ...

Numerically Generated g-functions for Ground Coupled Heat Pump Applications

J. Acuna[1], M. Fossa[2], P. Monzó[1]
[1]KTH Energy Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
[2]Dime, University of Genova, Genova, Italy

Ground-coupled heat pumps (GCHP) are successfully installed since at about 20 years in many countries to fulfill space conditioning requirements in building applications. In most cases the heat pump is connected to a system of vertical ground heat exchangers (as illustrated in Figure 1) where a fluid is circulated inside a system of pipes inserted in a deep borehole drilled in the soil. Drilling ...

Numerical Modeling of the Original and Advanced TEMKIN Reactor for Catalysis Experiments in Laboratory Scale - new

D. Götz[1], M. Kuhn[1], P. Claus[1]
[1]Ernst-Berl-Institute/Chemical Technology II, Darmstadt, Germany

Many industrial, especially heterogeneously catalysed, processes are characterised by a strong interaction between the reaction kinetics and transport phenomena. Because experiments in laboratory scale can be very time- and cost-intensive, Temkin and Kul’kova developed a new reactor design for the direct testing of industrial catalysts. Based on this concept of linearly alternating catalyst and ...

Modeling an Adsorption Process in a Shell-and-Tube-Heat-Exchanger-Type Adsorber - new

G. Salazar Duarte[1], B. Schürer[1], C. Voss[1], D. Bathen[2]
[1]Linde AG, Munich, Germany
[2]Universität Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany

Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) and Temperature Swing Adsorption (TSA) are commonly used for separation/purification of gas mixtures in industrial processes. The cycle time of industrial TSA processes usually ranges from several hours to days. The reason for this long cycle time is the usage of purge gas for heating and cooling the system (direct heating), which limits the application of TSA ...

Biological Effects of Microwave Radiation - new

S. Kumari[1], S. Raghavan[1]
[1]National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India

Microwave technology has provided with many exciting new therapeutic and diagnostic methods. Frequencies from RF as low as 400 kHz through microwave frequencies as high as 10 GHz are presently used for therapeutic applications in areas such as cardiology, urology, surgery, ophthalmology, cancer therapy and for diagnostic applications in areas such as cancer detection, organ imaging and more. At ...

Fresh Produce Safety During Hydrocooling: An Engineering Model - new

A. Warning[1], A. K. Datta[1]
[1]Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Hydrocooling is the process by which warm produce is chilled with water. The chilling of warm produce generates a negative pressure differential between the produce (warm) and (cold) water due to the condensation of water vapor inside the produce which forms a vacuum and can pull in contaminated water through an opening. A porous media based model of water infiltration was developed using a ...