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Elucidating the Mechanism Governing the Cell Rotation Behavior Under DEP

G. Zhang[1], Y. Zhao[1], J. Brcka[2], J. Faguet[2], E. Lee[2]
[1]Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
[2]TEL U.S. Holdings, Inc., U.S. Technology Development Center, Austin, TX, USA

In our experiments with manipulating cells with DEP, we noted that some cells are constantly spining. By hypothesing that the cell spining is caused by the non-circular shape of the cell body and the off-centered location of its nucleus and that the rotation direction depends on the relative location of nucleus with respect to the electrical field, we found that the observed cell rotation was ...

Optimization of Mechanical Properties of Superconducting Cavities for Project X LINAC

I. Gonin[1], M. Awida[1], T. Khabiboulline[1], V. Yakovlev[1]
[1]Fermilab, Batavia, IL, USA

Project X is a proposed proton accelerator complex at Fermilab. The CW LINAC is based on five types of resonators operating at three frequencies: half-wave, spoke, and elliptical. The low beam current for the CW operation of Project X requires cavities to operate at a high loaded Q and, thus, narrow bandwidth. Therefore, it requires optimal mechanical design of the cavities to minimize the ...

Flow-induced Vibrations of the Uvula and its Implication on Snoring

J. Xi[1], Q. M. Mohamad[1], Y. E. Yuan[1], J. Rohlinger[1]
[1]Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, USA

1. Flow-induced uvula deformation considerably altered the flow dynamics inside the nose. 2. For a weak soft palate, complete flow occlusion can occur (sleep apnea). 3. Vibration of the airway structures is crucial to better understand snoring generation mechanisms and breathing-related disorders.

Development of a Multiphase, Multispecies Droplet Evaporation Model for Optimization of Desiccation Preservation Techniques

A. Sinkevich[1], S. Bhowmick [1], M. Raessi[1]
[1]University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA, USA

Biopreservation deals with the protection and storage of complex biologics such as proteins, lipids, and recently, mammalian cells. One preservation method, known as lyopreservation, involves placing a biologic inside a water droplet with some type of sugar excipient (sucrose, trehalose, etc.) and drying the solution convectively. We are currently developing a model that couples the two-phase ...

Modeling Phytoremediation by Mangroves

O. Richter[1], H. Anh Nguyen[1], V. Phuoc Nguyen[2]
[1]Institute of Geoecology, University of Technology Braunschweig, Germany
[2]Institute for Environment & Resources, HCM-City, Vietnam

Metal contaminants and organic pollutants are affecting aquatic environments in urban and industrial zones. Mangrove trees are capable of absorbing metal ions and organic pollutants. To estimate the remediation potential, a two dimensional model of water and substance flow in the soil plant system based on porous media equations was set up. We show that multiphysics approaches also apply to ...

Influence of the Atmospheric Disturbance on the Respiration of a Forest Soil

C. Wylock[1], S. Goffin[2], M. Aubinet[2], B. Longdoz[3], B. Haut[1]
[1]Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Transfers, Interfaces and Processes (TIPs), Brussels, Belgium
[2]University of Liège-Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Unit of Biosystem Physics, Gembloux, Belgium
[3]INRA, Centre INRA de Nancy, UMR1137 Ecologie et Ecophysiologie Forestières, Champenoux, France

The assessment of forest soil respiration and its isotopic composition is one of the important issues for the carbon cycling modeling (greenhouse gas emission control) because it is often inaccurate. Soil respiration is a complex process, depending on the coupling of several phenomena, which is therefore highly sensitive to any disturbance. In this work, the dynamics of the transport of two ...

Reactive Transport and Convective Mixing During CO2 Migration in a Saline Aquifer

E. Abarca[1], A. Nardi[1], F. Grandia[1], J. Molinero[1]
[1]Amphos21 Consulting, Barcelona, Spain

The capture and storage of CO2 in deep geological formations is one of the proposed solutions to reduce CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. CO2 is injected as a supercritical fluid deep below a confining geological formation that prevents its return to the atmosphere. A configuration of denser CO2-enriched brine overlying lighter water leads to convective flow and the formation of gravity fingers ...

Numerical Modeling of a Microtubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

P. Pianko-Oprych[1], E. Kasilova[1], Z. Jaworski[1]
[1]West Pomeranian University of Technology, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Engineering, Szczecin, Poland

Micro-tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (mSOFC) are attracting more and more interest as new generation of energy conversion devices. Although commercial applications still suffer from high costs, there is a need for further improvement of the cell performance, durability and start-up. To resolve those challenges, knowledge of the distributions of species concentration, temperature and current ...

Single Discharge Simulations of Needle Pulses for Electrothermal Ablation

M. Hackert-Oschätzchen[1], M. Kreißig[1], M. Kowalick[1], H. Zeidler[1], A. Schubert[1], O. Kröning[2], M. Herzig[2], H.-P. Schulze[3]
[1]Professorship Micromanufacturing Technology, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
[2]Leukhardt Schaltanlagen Systemtechnik GmbH, Magdeburg, Germany
[3] Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany

Within this study a model of a single discharge of micro scale EDM was developed in accordance with Schulze et al [1]. The specific computation of the growth of the plasma channel has been derived from this literature. Applying COMSOL Multiphysics® a pseudo 3-D geometry was created based on the literature data. Afterwards the thermal heat transfer in solids was defined as well as the parameters ...

Modelling of the Wool Textile Finishing Processes

M. Giansetti[1], A. Pezzin[1], S. Sicardi[1], G. Rovero[1]
[1]Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Within wool textile industries, a very important role is played by the so-called finishing processes, in which the textile substrate undergoes steam treatments to achieve the desired level of stabilisation and appearance. Process parameters, namely temperature and moisture content, are known only at the beginning of the process but not in the textile material being treated, where the actual ...

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