Analyzing Utility Boiler Designs by Simulating Radiative Heat Transfer

Caty Fairclough March 6, 2017

One way to design utility boilers with high thermal efficiency is to improve their furnaces — the most important part in their energy conversion process. Studying furnaces in utility boilers requires engineers to account for radiation, which can be difficult to solve for analytically and expensive to study experimentally. As an alternative, we can use the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to analyze radiative heat transfer in utility boiler furnaces and improve their designs.

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Caty Fairclough February 23, 2017

Maintaining cool temperatures in buildings is necessary to keep people comfortable, particularly for those living in hot climates. For houses that aren’t optimized for thermal performance, cooling requires large amounts of energy and money. To reduce these costs, researchers from the University of Ferrara, Italy looked to improve roofs as part of the Life HEROTILE project. To accomplish this, they modeled novel roof tiles that are designed to increase air permeability and lower cooling costs.

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Peter Lyu February 13, 2017

Simulating fluid flow underground or in other porous media is common in a number of engineering fields, such as agricultural, chemical, civil, and nuclear engineering. To help engineers and scientists simulate different types of porous media flow, the COMSOL Multiphysics® software provides a comprehensive set of physics interfaces. Today, we will go over the various interfaces that you can use and discuss how to choose the best one for your application.

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Bridget Paulus February 6, 2017

If bubbles in a microfluidic device become stuck, it can cause the device to malfunction. Bubble entrapment depends on several factors, including the geometry and flow characteristics of the microchannel, as well as the surface properties of its walls. To study these aspects, Veryst Engineering modeled a bubble in a microchannel using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. Today, we look at their results, which shed light on the device geometries and contact angles that lead to bubble entrapment.

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Ed Fontes February 2, 2017

Fat-washing cocktails has become popular in the last decade. This technique has made it possible for bartenders to create drinks such as the Benton’s Old-Fashioned, a bacon-infused bourbon cocktail, and a milder pecan-butter-infused bourbon. In this blog post, we discuss this innovative cocktail technique and how it can be transferred to an industrial scale. In fact, many chemical processes in a variety of industries already use similar methods.

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Caty Fairclough January 31, 2017

An expansion fan occurs when a supersonic flow turns around a convex corner. When analyzing this phenomenon, you need to make sure your simulation results are accurate and agree well with existing theory. Here, we will show you that this is possible with the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and CFD Module. We discuss a benchmark model of a supersonic expansion fan and compare it to the inviscid compressible flow theory. We’ll also share a couple of tricks for improving this model.

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Magnus Ringh January 25, 2017

There is always time to think about how to improve your grilling skills. In this blog post, we show how to use the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to determine the best way to arrange the coals or briquettes in a charcoal grill for even heat and to avoid hot spots. Even heat is required when making a grilled pizza, for example.

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Caty Fairclough January 19, 2017

For those looking to solve complex transport process problems involving photonics and microfluidics, it can be challenging to account for all of the elements involved, including multiple physics phenomena. However, this is necessary for accurate results. By using multiphysics simulation, Carl Meinhart from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Numerical Design, Inc. accurately modeled transport processes in two application areas: high-frequency acoustics and microfluidic valves. Watch his keynote talk from the COMSOL Conference 2016 Boston to get the details.

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Bridget Paulus January 16, 2017

When a pipe springs a leak, it’s important to find its location with a quick and accurate method. Engineers at Echologics — a Mueller Technologies Company — use a combination of acoustic sensors and simulation applications to pinpoint such leaks. Sebastien Perrier of Echologics discussed the benefits of this approach and gave a live demonstration of an acoustics modeling app during his keynote talk at the COMSOL Conference 2016 Boston. If you missed Sebastien’s presentation, you can watch it below.

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Fanny Griesmer January 4, 2017

If an inkjet printhead nozzle is poorly designed, it will lead to a low-quality end product — whether it’s used in a 2D or 3D printer, the fabrication of an integrated circuit, or even DNA synthesis. With simulation, you can determine the ideal printhead nozzle dimensions to achieve precise material deposition. And with the COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software, you can save time by turning your model into an app for use by other project stakeholders.

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Brianne Christopher January 3, 2017

When designing needles for drug delivery, one major challenge is balancing the comfort of the patient with the effectiveness of the injection. By applying an approach that combines “first principles” thinking and modeling, Eli Lilly and Company optimized the design of a needle for an insulin injection pen, while keeping patient experience in mind. In a keynote talk from the COMSOL Conference 2016 Boston, Bernard McGarvey of Eli Lilly discusses this process.

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