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Sensitivity of the Compression-Softening Effect to Mesh Imperfections in Compressed Flexures - new

S. Saha[1], A. Ramirez[1], C. DiBiasio[2], M. Culpepper[1]
[1]Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
[2]Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc., Cambridge, MA, USA

Introduction: Flexures are low-cost bearings that are capable of providing motion guidance with high repeatability and low friction (Figure 1). However, applications of flexure bearings are often limited by their low range. This is because motion guidance in flexures is provided by bending/flexing of members; thus, range is limited by the bending stiffness. As the bending stiffness can be ...

Capacitive Deionization for Desalinating Complex Streams - new

D. Cardoen[1,2], B. B. Sales[1], J. Helsen[1], A. Verliefde[2]
[1]VITO, Mol, Belgium
[2]Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Capacitive deionization (CDI) is a desalination technology which is based on the storage of ions in the electrical double layer of a pair of oppositely polarized porous carbon electrodes, which are usually assembled using activated carbon particles (Figure 1). It is efficiently deployed for desalinating water with moderate salt content (eg in domestic water softening)[1]. To broaden its ...

Multiphysics Model for Breakup of Charged Liquid Droplets in Electric Fields

S. Chaudhuri [1], W. Du [1],
[1] University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA

Predicting and controlling the formation of droplets from a liquid jet is a critical problem in a variety of applications ranging from fuel injection to paint sprays. It is known that liquid droplets subjected to an electric field acquire a net electrostatic charge via induction, and that the magnitude of this charge depends on the conductivity of the liquid and the size of the droplet [1]. When ...

Thermal-Optical Modeling of a Signal Enhancement Approach for Paper-Based Diagnostics

D. Gasperino [1]
[1] Intellectual Ventures Laboratory, Bellevue, WA, USA

INTRODUCTION: Point of care diagnostics aimed at low-resource settings need to be relatively simple, robust and low-cost. The most commonly-used diagnostic platform in these settings is the lateral flow assay (LFA). LFAs are paper-based immunoassays designed to perform on-strip binding with analytes in patient samples in order to generate a visual signal if disease-specific antigen is ...

Simulation of the Turbulent Flow in HEV Static Mixers : Mixing of Ethanol with Gasoline

A. Eissa[1]
[1]Department of Chemical Engineering, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt

Mixing is a typical unit operation that occurs almost in all chemical industries. Static – alternatively termed motionless – mixers are being widely used due to their low power consumption, low capital investment, minimal maintenance costs and versatility. The traditional helical mixing element is mainly used for in-line blending under laminar and transitional flow conditions. The ...

Microfluidic Separation System for Magnetic Beads

F. Wittbrach, A. Weddemann, A. Auge, and A. Hütten
Department of Physics, Bielefeld University, Germany

It is possible to control the motion of magnetic beads using a combination of hydrodynamic and electromagnetic forces. In this work, we investigate the possibility to manipulate the motion of beads with different magnetic moments in a special microfluidic structure so as to separate them. We also experimentally prove that this structure is a suitable device to separate beads and show that the ...

Coupled Fluid-Structural Analysis of Heart Mitral Valve

A. Avanzini, and G. Donzella
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy

The mitral valve apparatus is a complex and refined mechanism located between the left atrium and the left ventricle of the heart which can manifest various kinds of pathologies. In order to support identification of potentially critical conditions resulting from some typical cardiosurgery operations, it is important to develop models of the mitral valve that enable prediction of both stress in ...

Nonlinear Ferrohydrodynamics of Magnetic Fluids

Markus Zahn
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Markus Zahn received all his education at MIT, was a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville from 1970-1980, and then joined the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science faculty in 1980. He works in the Laboratory for Eelectromagnetic and Eelectronic Systems, in the MIT High Voltage Research Laboratory, is the Director ...

COMSOL Multiphysics for Efficient Solution of a Transient Reaction-Diffusion System with Fast Reaction

M.K. Gobbert[1], A. Churchill[1], G. Wang[1], and T.I. Seidman[1]
[1]Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

A reaction between chemical species is modeled by a particular reaction pathway, in which one reaction is very fast relative to the other one. The diffusion controlled reactions of these species together with a reaction intermediate are described by a system of three transient reaction diffusion equations over a two-dimensional spatial domain. In the asymptotic limit of the reaction parameter ...

Deformation of Drop-within-Drop System under the Influence of High Intensity Oscillating Electric Field

D. Das[1], R.S. Patil[1], S. Kulkarni[1], V.A. Juvekar[1], and R. Bhattacharya[2]
[1]IIT Bombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
[2]India Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

This paper deals with the simulation study using COMSOL on the deformation of drop-within-drop system in a high intensity oscillating electric field. It consists of a composite drop suspended in a continuous phase. This composite drop has a smaller inner drop suspended within the larger outer drop. The outer drop is made up of another immiscible liquid. A high intensity sinusoidally varying ...

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