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Helical Coil Flow: A Case Study

M. Cozzini[1]

[1]Renewable Energies and Environmental Technologies Research Unit, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Povo, TN, Italy

Stationary flow configurations in curved pipes constitute an important subject from both the theoretical and the practical point of view. A typical application concerns the calculation of secondary flow effects on the thermal efficiency of heat exchangers. Motivated by a similar problem, this paper investigates the flow patterns in a helical duct of non trivial cross section. The considered ...

A Study of Optical Sensor Based on Fiber Bragg Grating Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

C. Gavrila[1] and I. Lancranjan[2]

[1]Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
[2]Advanced Study Centre, National Institute for Aerospace Research “Elie Carafoli”, Bucharest, Romania

Fiber optic sensors can measure a large range of physical, chemical and environmental variables such as temperature, pressure, shape, position, chemical concentration, moisture, etc. Fiber optic sensors provide measurements in applications where the conventional electrical based sensors cannot be used, due to measurement requirements such as extreme temperature, small size, high sensor count, or ...

Study of Artificial Molecular Engines Action Through COMSOL Multiphysics® Program

L. Moro[1], F. Lugli[1], and F. Zerbetto[1]

[1]Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician”, Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Rotaxanes are a class of molecules recently developed in laboratory that have been heralded as possible molecular motors. The motor is constituted by a linear molecule (thread) and a ring-shaped molecule (macrocycle), which is free to move along the thread, switching between two, or more, energetically stable interaction points (stations). Molecular motors start their functioning far from ...

3D Simulation of the Thermal Response Test in a U-tube Borehole Heat Exchanger

L. Schiavi[1]

[1]Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università di Parma, Parma, Italy

Simulated Thermal Response Test (TRT) data are analyzed in order to evaluate the effect of the tridimensionality model’s feature in determining the proper value of the soil thermal conductivity and borehole thermal resistance. The 3D system’s simulation during the TRT is realized by adopting the finite element method. The comparison of the numerical results with the analytical ...

Modeling of Viscous Fingering

E. Holzbecher[1]

[1]Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany

Viscous fingering is a topic of interest since the beginning of computational fluid dynamics. Here we focus on the classical constellation of miscible displacement, as it has been investigated in Hele-Shaw cells. A temperature or salinity front is entering with a fluid that has a different viscosity. The pure 1D flow is destabilized by the Saffman-Taylor instability. Using COMSOL Multiphysics® ...

Failure Modes of Underground MV Cables: Electrical and Thermal Modelling

P.A. Wallace[1], M. Alsharif[1], D.M. Hepburn[1], and C. Zhou[1]
[1]Department of Energy Systems Engineering, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Two simulations of the performance of a Paper Insulated Lead Covered (PILC) Medium Voltage (MV) underground cable are presented. The first presents the thermal response of a cable, over seven days, to a realistic load with a diurnal variation. The second concentrates on the variation of the electric field stress within the cable over a single AC cycle. The effects of a void defect within the ...

Understanding “Mutual Inductance” using COMSOL Multiphysics®

H.A. Ghali[1] and H.A. Rahman[1]
[1]Electrical Engineering Department British University in Egypt “BUE”, El Sherouk City, Egypt

A teaching platform that could be used to help students understand concepts such as; flux linking and mutual inductance has been developed using the AC/DC Module of COMSOL Multiphysics®. This is achieved through the accurate determination of different magnetic flux density components within the proposed geometry. Furthermore, based on the structure configuration, students can use obtained ...

Mathematical Modeling of Zig-Zag Traveling-Wave Electro-Osmotic Micropumps

J. Hrdlicka[1], P. Cervenka[1], M. Pribyl[1], and D. Snita[1]
[1]Department of Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

In this paper we present results of the mathematical modeling of AC electroosmotic micropumps. Unlike others we use the full dynamic description, instead of the linearized model. Skewed hybrid discretization meshes are employed in order to accurately capture the main features of the studied system. Also, we introduce zig-zag electrode arrangements for traveling-wave electroosmotic micropumps. The ...

The Acoustoelastic Effect: EMAT Excitation and Reception of Lamb Waves in Pre-Stressed Metal Sheets

R.M.G. Ferrari[1]
[1]Danieli Automation S.p.A., Buttrio, UD, Italy

The acoustoelastic effect relates the change in the speed of an acoustic wave travelling in a solid, to the pre-stress of the propagation medium. In this work the possibility of assessing nondestructively the stress status in metal sheets, by using the acoustoelastic effect, is investigated. As the effect turns out to be very small for practical values of applied stress, the proposed technique ...

Hyperbolic Heat Transfer Equation for Radiofrequency Heating: Comparison between Analytical and COMSOL Solutions

V. Romero-García[1], M. Trujillo[2], M.J. Rivera[2], J.A. López Molina[2], and E.J. Berjano[3]
[1]Centro de Tecnologías Físicas Acústica, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
[2]Dpto. Matemática Aplicada, Instituto Universitario de Matemática Pura y Aplicada, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
[3]Institute for Research and Innovation on Bioengineering, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

The Radiofrequency Heating (RFH) is widely employed to heat biological tissue in different surgical procedures. Most models analyze the RFH employing a Parabolic Heat Transfer Equation (PHTE) based on Fourier's theory. The PHTE can be used for problems involving long heating times or low thermal gradients. However, when the problem involves short heating times or extreme thermal gradients it is ...

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