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Thermal Analysis of Induction Furnace

A. A. Bhat[1], S. Agarwal [1], D. Sujish[1], B. Muralidharan[1], B. P. Reddy[1], G. Padmakumar[1], K. K. Rajan[1]
[1]Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, Tamilnadu, India

Induction furnaces are employed for vacuum distillation process to recover heavy metals after electro-refining operation. Induction furnace of suitable heating rate and cooled by passive means are required to be developed for this purpose. It is planned to set up a mock up induction furnace which will simulate the conditions to be realized in actual vacuum distillation furnace for this purpose. ...

Failure Modes of Underground MV Cables: Electrical and Thermal Modelling

P.A. Wallace[1], M. Alsharif[1], D.M. Hepburn[1], and C. Zhou[1]
[1]Department of Energy Systems Engineering, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Two simulations of the performance of a Paper Insulated Lead Covered (PILC) Medium Voltage (MV) underground cable are presented. The first presents the thermal response of a cable, over seven days, to a realistic load with a diurnal variation. The second concentrates on the variation of the electric field stress within the cable over a single AC cycle. The effects of a void defect within the ...

Design Optimization of Printed Circuit Board Embedded Inductors through Genetic Algorithms with Verification by COMSOL Multiphysics®

M. Madsen[1], J. Mønster[1], A. Knott[1], M. Andersen[1]
[1]Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

This paper describes the implementation of a complete design tool for design, analysis, optimization and production of PCB embedded inductors. The paper shows how LiveLink™ for MATLAB® and COMSOL Multiphysics® make it possible to combine the scripting and calculation power of MATLAB with the simulation power of COMSOL Multiphysics in order to get an extremely efficient tool for inductor design. ...

An MHD Study of the Behavior of an Electrolyte Solution Using 3D Numerical Simulation

L. P. Aoki[1], H. E. Schulz[1], M. G. Maunsell[1]
[1]University of São Paulo, São Carlos, SP, Brazil

This article considers a closed water circuit with square cross section filled with an electrolyte fluid. The conductor fluid was moved using an electromagnetic pump, in which a permanent magnet generates a magnetic field and electrodes generate the electric field in the flow. Thus, the movement is a consequence of the magnetohydrodynamic (or MHD) effect. The model adopted here was derived from ...

Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensors: Optimization of Diffraction Grating and Prism Couplers

W. Raja[1], A. Alabastri[1], S. Tuccio[1], R. Proietti Zaccaria[1]
[1]Department of Nanostructures, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy

Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensors proved themselves as a promising device for many kinds of applications such as optical biosensing, binding constant determinationor nanofilm thickness measurements. Here we simulate using COMSOL Multiphysics® the light-polaritons coupling for the two most commonly used SPR setups: Attenuated total reflection (Kretschmann configuration) and diffraction ...

Adaptive Numerical Simulation of Streamer Propagation in Atmospheric Air

S. Singh[1], Y. Sedyuk[1], R. Summer[2]
[1]Chalmers University of Technology, High Voltage Engineering, Gothenburg, Sweden
[2]Schneider Electric, Regensburg, Germany

Simulations of streamer discharge was performed by utilizing a space adaptive numerical scheme based on logarithmic representation of mass conservation equations, which governs the transport of charge carriers. Implementation of a model, which describes the propagation of a streamer in air at atmospheric pressure is discussed. Results of numerical simulations of a nanosecond discharge are ...

Remote Sensing of Electromagnetically Penetrable Objects: Landmine and IED Detection

R. Eze [1], G. Sivulka [2], ,
[1] City University of New York - LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY, USA
[2] Regis High School, New York, NY, USA

The detection, characterization, and classification of underground environmental hazardous objects [mines, IEDs, and other unexploded military hardware] is a worldwide problem that needs urgent attention and solution. While electromagnetic sensor technologies have been applied to identify these hazards, increasingly low dielectric contrast between newer, sophisticated landmines, and complex ...

Electromagnetic and Thermal Modeling of Vacuum Distillation Furnace

Asif Ahmad Bhat[1], D. Sujish[1], Sourabh Agarwal[1], B. Muralidharan[1], G. Padmakumar[1], K. K. Rajan[1]
[1]Fast Reactor Technology Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, India

Vacuum distillation furnaces (VDFs) are employed for purification and consolidation of heavy metals from their dendritic forms which are entrained with molten salts. The VDF is an induction heated furnace which is operated at a temperature of 700-1400 °C and at a pressure of 0.01-600 torr. To arrive at the adequate design of such type of furnace, magnetic field and temperature distribution need ...

A Novel Mechanical Stress Measurement Method Applied to Wind Turbine Rotor Blades

A.H. Hegab[1], J.P. Kaerst[1]
[1]HAWK, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Goettingen, Germany

Rotor blades for wind turbines are made of GFRP material. They have to be designed to withstand wind and weather over their approximately 20 years of lifetime. The ability to monitor the mechanical stress is crucial in order to reduce maintenance costs and to maximize operational availability. This paper presents the combination of SPICE® and COMSOL Multiphysics®, in order to reduce ...

Homogenization Approaches for Laminated Magnetic Cores Using the Example of Transient 3D Transformer Modeling

H. Neubert[1], J. Ziske[1], T. Heimpold[1], R. Disselnkötter[2]
[1]Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Electromechanical and Electronic Design, Germany
[2]ABB AG, Corporate Research Center Germany, Ladenburg, Germany

A specific issue in transformer modeling using the finite element method is the consideration of electric sheets or other laminated core materials which are used to reduce eddy currents. It would be impractical to explicitly model a large number of sheets as this would lead to a large number of elements and hence to unacceptable computational costs. Homogenization procedures overcome this ...