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Adaptive Control of Simulated Moving Bed Plants Using Comsol’s Simulink Interface

M. Fütterer
Institut für Automatisierungstechnik, Otto-von-Guericke Universität, Magdeburg, Germany

Preparative chromatography is an important separation method where the simulated moving bed (SMB) technology is an increasingly used separation process for binary mixtures. Several chromatographic columns are arranged in a ring where the feedings and drains are changed cyclically to maintain a continuous separation. For this reason, an adaptive controller is proposed to adjust the flow rates ...

Simplified Finite Element Simulation of a SAW Hydrogen Sensor using COMSOL Multiphysics

N. Krishnan[1], H. Nemade[1,2], and R. Paily[2]
[1]Centre for Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India
[2]Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Assam, India

In this paper, we discuss a simplified finite element method simulation of surface acoustic wave (SAW) delay line hydrogen sensor using COMSOL Multiphysics.  A delay line SAW sensor consists of a transmitting interdigital transducer (IDT) and a receiving IDT separated by a few wavelengths. In this work, the number of degrees of freedom to solve for the SAW delay line sensor model ...

Determination of Process Parameters for Electron Beam Sintering (EBS)

M. F. Zäh, S. Lutzmann, M. Kahnert, and F. Walchshäusl
iwb Anwenderzentrum Augsburg, TU München, Augsburg, Germany

Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) methods, like Electron Beam Sintering (EBS), constitute an interesting process concerning the production of small series and customized products. However, transient effects occur during processing due to the different physical principles of an electron beam (EB). Thus, process knowledge from similar ALM technologies, for instance Selective Laser Melting, can ...

Numerical Solutions for the Lévêque Problem of Boundary Layer  Mass or Heat Flux

E. Holzbecher
Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS), Berlin, Germany

The Lévêque problem is an idealized simple situation concerning the influence of the boundary on the distribution of temperature or mass in Hagen-Poiseuille flow. Here, the performance of numerical solutions is examined for a range of Péclet numbers, spanning 11 orders of magnitude. We examine the Sherwood, resp. Nusselt numbers and confirm the cubic square rule for high flow ...

Advanced Modeling of Friction Stir Welding – Improved Material Model for Aluminum Alloys and Modeling of Different Materials with Different Properties by Using the Level Set Method

S. Dörfler
Wilhelm Gronbach GmbH, Wasserburg a. Inn, Germany

Friction Stir Welding (FSW) has gained much importance throughout the last years. Beside comprehensive experimental work that has been carried out, the simulation of the welding zone is of major interest.  Due to the high strains observed within the welding zone, the Eulerian (CFD) approach seems to be the most promising for the prediction of flow around the FSW tool. However, the CFD ...

Analysis of Ancient Natural Ventilation Systems inside the Pitti Palace in Florence

C. Balocco
Dipartimento di Energetica “Sergio Stecco”, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Firenze, Italy

This paper presents and discusses the first phase results of a wide ranging project concerning the study and prediction of the efficiency and energy performances of natural ventilation systems existing inside historic buildings. The air flow patterns, air temperature and air velocity distribution inside a historic building in Florence, the Pitti Palace, were studied by a transient simulation. A ...

Modeling the Thermally Induced Curvature of Multilayer Coatings with COMSOL MultiphysicsTM

H. Conrad[1], T. Klose[2], T. Sandner[2], D. Jung[1], H. Schenk[2], and H. Lakner[1,2]
[1]Semiconductor and Microsystems Technology Laboratory, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
[2]Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems Dresden, Germany

Within this paper the so called “birth and death” method is demonstrated in use with COMSOL Multiphysics®. With this method the free and reactionless movement of a solid structure on deformed geometries and the activation of this solid structure at later simulation steps is possible. For demonstrating the benefit, this method was applied to simulate the thermal induced ...

Non-Isothermal Kinetics of Water Adsorption in Compact Adsorbent Layers on a Metal Support

G. Füldner, and L. Schnabel
Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, Germany

Water adsorption in highly porous materials can be used in heat transformation processes for the efficient use of energy in heat and cold production. One technology for such a thermal heat transformation is the use of water adsorption in highly porous adsorbents like zeolite. To optimize the power density of compact thin layer adsorbent beds, a one-dimensional model of the coupled heat and mass ...

Numerical Simulations of Spherical Gap Flows

K. Buehler, and J. W. Louw
University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, Germany

Rotating fluids are important in nature and technology. Many applications can be found in the field of meteorology and in rotating machinery. This investigation concerns the application of the swirl flow application mode in COMSOL Multiphysics to simulate nonlinear aspects of flows within spherical geometries. The results show the non-uniqueness of the supercritical solutions and ...

Magneto-Hydrodynamic Numerical Study of DC Electromagnetic Pump for Liquid Metal

A. Daoud, and N. Kandev
Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Quebec (LTE), Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada

The electromagnetic pumping (EMP) of electrically-conducting fluid is of growing interest for many industrial applications requiring precise flow control, enabling stopping or reversing flow direction without any moving parts or mechanical devices. Presented in this work are the results of a 3D numerical magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) simulation of direct current (DC) EMP for liquid ...