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The Full-System Approach for Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication

N. Fillot[1], T. Doki-Thonon[1], and W. Habchi[2]
[1]CNRS, INSA, Université de Lyon, Lyon, France
[2]Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon

A ball is in contact with a plane, and a lubricant separates the two surfaces to decrease friction during their relative motion. To avoid wear, the lubricant film thickness should be higher than the surface roughness. The goal of this paper is to show how it is possible to solve efficiently the problem of elastohydrodynamics lubrication with COMSOL Multiphysics®, using a PDE (Partial ...

Electro-Thermal Analysis of a Contactor: Comparing the Performance of Two Braze Alloys during the Temperature Rise Test

E. Gutierrez-Miravete[1], and G. Contreras[2]
[1]Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
[2]General Electric Co., Plainville, CT, USA

The purpose of this study was to develop mathematical models of the coupled electro-thermal process in selected, typical contactors that could then be validated and verified by comparing model predictions with the results of previous studies and with experimental data obtained during a temperature rise test. The study employed Finite Element Analysis using COMSOL to simulate coupled electro ...

Numerical Modeling of Cold Crucible Induction Melting

I. Quintana[1], Z. Azpilgain[1], D. Pardo[2], and I. Hurtado[1]
[1]Mechanical and Industrial Production Department, Faculty of Engineering, Mondragon Unibertsitatea, Loramendi 4, Mondragon 20500 Gipuzkoa, Spain
[2]Department of Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Operational Research, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Leioa, Spain, and IKERBASQUE (Basque Foundation for Sciences), Bilbao, Spain

This paper describes a numerical solution method for the simulation of a cold crucible induction melting (CCIM) process involving the coupling of electromagnetic, temperature and turbulent velocity fields. During the CCIM process, the metal charge is contained on a water cooled segmented copper crucible, and the energy necessary to heat, melt, and overheat the charge is generated by an ...

Static and Dynamic Deformations of a Reed Valve Immersed in Hydraulic Fluid - new

A. Chaudhuri[1]
[1]Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM, USA

Metal reed valves are used for flow rectification in electrohydraulic pumps driven by smart materials at high frequencies but it is difficult to predict their behavior when the surrounding fluid has considerable inertia and viscosity. Simulation of this phenomenon involves modeling the fluid-structure-interaction between the bending of the reed and the flow past the valve. In this model, we use ...

Finite Element Analysis of Transient Ballistic-Diffusive Heat Transfer in Two-Dimensional Structures - new

S. Hamian[1], T. Yamada[2], M. Faghri[3], K. Park[1]
[1]University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
[2]Lund University, Lund, Sweden
[3]University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA

For the last two centuries, the conventional Fourier heat conduction equation has been used for modeling a diffusive nature of macroscale heat conduction by considering the energy conservation and Fourier's linear approximation of heat flux. However, it cannot accurately predict heat transport when the length scale is comparable to or smaller than the mean free path of thermal energy carriers or ...

Simulating Organogenesis in COMSOL Multiphysics®: Image-Based Modeling - new

D. Iber[1,3], Z. Karimaddini[1,3], E. Unal[1,2], D. Menshykau[1,3]
[1]D-BSSE, ETH Zurich, Basel, Switzerland
[2]DBM University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
[3]Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Lausanne, Switzerland

Mathematical Modeling has a long history in developmental biology. Advances in experimental techniques and computational algorithms now permit the development of increasingly more realistic models of organogenesis. In particular, 3D geometries of developing organs have recently become available. In this paper, we show how to use image-based data for simulations of organogenesis in the COMSOL ...

Investigation of Ion Interactions and Space Charge Effects in a Time of Flight Ion Trap Resonator

D. Bayat [1], I. Kjelberg [1], G. Spinola Durante [2], D. Schmid [3]
[1] CSEM SA, Neuchatel, Switzerland
[2] CSEM SA, Alpnach, Switzerland
[3] CSEM SA, Landquart, Switzerland

An ion trap resonator, used for mass spectrometry, is investigated. Simulations are used to define the stabilization criterion of ion trajectories by optimization of the electrode configurations. The ion interactions are investigated and shown to help in reduction of ion-diffusion. Space charge effects simulate the induced voltages on pickup electrodes.

Influence of Limescale on Heating Elements Efficiency

A. Pezzin[1], M. Giansetti[1], A. Ferri[1]
[1]Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Electric resistances are widely used as heating elements in domestic and industrial equipment; since process water contains calcium carbonate and calcium bicarbonate, limescale plays an important role on global efficiency of water-heating systems. Calcium carbonate has a very low thermal conductivity (2.2 W/(m*K)) and the carbonate deposit on the heating element causes a decrease of the overall ...

Modeling of Wettability Alteration during Spontaneous Imbibition of Mutually Soluble Solvents in Mixed Wet Fractured Reservoirs - new

M. Chahardowli[1], H. Bruining[1]
[1]Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Mutually-soluble solvents can enhance oil recovery both in completely and partially water wet fractured reservoirs. When a strongly or partially water-wet matrix is surrounded by an immiscible wetting phase in the fracture, spontaneous imbibition is the most important production mechanism. Initially, the solvent moves with the imbibing brine into the core. However, upon contact with oil, as the ...

MEMS Cleanroom Particle Contamination Flow Visualization through Fluid-Structure Interaction Simulation

S. P. Regalla [1], S. R. Vutla [1], A. Shushanth [1], P. K. Pattnaik [1], K. Ramaswamy [1], M. B. Srinivas [1]
[1] Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

This paper reports the simulation of micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) cleanroom for the purpose of determining the effect of particulate contaminants on the static stress response of cantilever type MEMS devices, such as high precision MEMS pressure sensor. The contaminant presence has been qualitatively verified through computational fluid dynamic simulation of the clean room in COMSOL ...