Redesigning Faraday’s Wheel: Creating Efficient Homopolar Generators

Bridget Paulus April 9, 2018

Acyclic generator, unipolar generator, disc dynamo, Faraday wheel, homopolar generator: Whatever you call it, this device has an interesting history and a variety of applications.

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Bridget Paulus February 27, 2018

We compare the performance and efficiency of static and dynamic compact wall heat exchanger designs using fluid-structure interaction.

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Bridget Paulus February 15, 2018

The interference fit between 2 pipes can’t be too tight or too loose. Like the porridge in the “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” story, it has to be just right.

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Bridget Paulus February 7, 2018

From small electronic components to large buildings, natural convection is a transport phenomena found in engineering disciplines of all sizes. Here’s an example of natural convection in air.

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Bridget Paulus January 19, 2018

MEMS-based strain gauges are helpful in both civil engineering and biomedicine. Read about a team of researchers who used the MEMS Module to analyze strain gauge designs.

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Bridget Paulus November 6, 2017

A laboratory engineer discusses using multiphysics simulation to understand the complex and challenging behavior of nuclear fuel. Watch his presentation and get a quick summary here.

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Bridget Paulus October 20, 2017

One potential approach to improving medical imaging, quality assurance, and other terahertz applications is extraordinary optical transmission, a process that can be studied with RF simulation.

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Bridget Paulus September 18, 2017

Certain building materials, like plaster, are enhanced with phase change materials (PCMs) to assist in keeping buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But how effective are they?

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Bridget Paulus August 29, 2017

Underfill adhesives are often used in microelectronics to hold different components together. Simulate the thermocompression bonding process of such an adhesive to ensure its effectiveness.

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Bridget Paulus June 8, 2017

For silicon to be considered “solar grade”, it has to be 99.9999% pure. Therefore, microwave furnaces used to produce solar-grade silicon need to be optimized for quality and efficient output.

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Bridget Paulus February 6, 2017

Microfluidic devices are no match for bubbles. In fact, if bubbles become trapped in a microfluidic device, it could malfunction. Veryst Engineering created a CFD model to study this process.

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