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Sea Floor Energy Harvesting

Nagi Elabbasi, Brentan Alexander, and Stuart Brown

Veryst Engineering, Needham, MA, USA

Veryst Engineering has provided design solutions for a variety of industries in the field of energy harvesting. One of their current projects is working on ocean floor sensors, used in naval applications, environmental monitoring, earthquake monitoring, and oil exploration, which presently run on battery-power requiring expensive battery replacement or recharging. Veryst is developing a ...

Wind Turbine Noise Reduction

Xi Engineering Consultants Ltd, Edinburgh, UK

Xi Engineering Consultants Ltd specializes in complex vibration issues, like those caused by wind turbines. The meshing of teeth within the gearbox of a wind turbine can cause great vibrations which are perceived as excessive noise. This presents a problem as there are strict regulatory standards throughout Europe and North America limiting permissible noise from these structures. Studying the ...

Restoration of Lake Water Environments

Shuya Yoshioka
Ritsumeikan University
Shiga, Japan

Human activity steals oxygen from natural water sources such as lakes and this oxygen-deficient water often contains high levels of toxic substances such as metals and organic material. Thus the number of lakes that can be used as a source of water is reduced, straining the available resources and creating a need for water-treatment plants of water which can have negative impacts when powered ...

Around the Clock Solar Power

ENEL, Rome, Italy

Italian utility ENEL and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies joined together to develop a new kind of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), using Parabolic Trough CSP to generate electricity during sunny hours as well as under overcast conditions or at night. This new type of CSP plant depends on molten salt as a medium for storing heat in large, well-insulated tanks. Molten salt has ...

COMSOL Assists Master Chef in Winning International Competition

Dagbjorn Skipnes

Nofima Norconserv AS,
Stavanger, Norway

Nofima is a research group majority owned by the Ministry of Fisheries that performs research and development in aquaculture, fisheries, and the food industry. Nofima collaborated with the Norwegian Centres of Expertise – Culinology and Chef Gunnar Hvarnes to promote halibut through a cooking competition and provided research to ensure a new recipe for a fried halibut fish roll was cooked ...

Capacitively Coupled Plasma Analysis

Luke T. Gritter, Sergei Yushanov, Jeffrey S. Crompton, and Kyle C. Koppenhoefer
AltaSim Technologies
Columbus, OH

AltaSim Technologies provides engineering consulting services involving advanced multiphysics modeling such as capacitively coupled plasma (CCP). Plasma etching and deposition of thin films, critical processes in the manufacture of advanced microelectronic devices, commonly utilize CCP, in which the plasma is initiated and sustained by an oscillating electric field between two or more ...

Optimization Slashes Energy Consumption in Silicon-Based MEMS CO2 Detectors

Serge Gidon

CEA, Leti, Minatec, Grenoble, France

CEA-MINATEC is an international center for micro and nano-technologies which is funded by CEA, a French government-funded technological research organization. One of their current projects is developing silicon-based MEMS CO2 sensors that employ optical detection for monitoring adequate building ventilation. For the sensor to function, a filament is heated to a specific temperature so that it ...

Surface Plasmon Resonance

Sergei Yushanov, Jeffrey S. Crompton, Luke T. Gritter, and Kyle C. Koppenhoefer
AltaSim Technologies
Columbus, OH
USA

Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) is created by surface plasmons, coherent electron oscillations existing between any two materials where the real part of the dielectric function changes sign across the interface. SPR technology is based on the electromagnetic field component of incident light penetrating into a surface and it can be used to detect molecular adsorption on surfaces. Plasmon ...

Modeling of Laminar Flow Static Mixers

Nagi Elabbasi, Xiaohu Liu, & Stuart Brown
Veryst Engineering LLC, Needham, MA, USA

Mike Vidal & Matthew Pappalardo
Nordson EFD, East Providence, RI, USA

Veryst Engineering, a company that provides consulting in engineering design and product manufacturing, has collaborated with Nordson EFD, one of the leading manufacturers of precision dispensing systems, to optimize their static mixers. Static mixers are inexpensive and efficient mechanisms for mixing laminar viscous fluids, where molecular diffusion is minimal. Here, the fluids must be ...

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