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Effects of Forced Airflow Cooling on Laser Beam Heating of Volume Bragg Gratings

S. Kaim[1], B. Anderson[1], G. Venus[1], J. Lumeau[1], V. Smirnov[2], B. Zeldovich[1], L. Glebov[1]
[1]CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA
[2]OptiGrate Corp, Oviedo, FL, USA

Forced airflow cooling of a Volume Bragg Grating heated by a laser beam was investigated by means of simulation with COMSOL Multiphysics®. In addition to air cooling of unrestricted airflow, a case of airflow directed by limiting glass plates was investigated. A number of temperature distributions and thermal deformations were obtained in simulations for different rates of airflows. Simulations ...

Numerical Simulation of the Effect of Inlet Design on Thermal Storage Tank Performance Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

W. Yaïci[1], M. Ghorab[1], E. Entchev[1]
[1]Natural Resources Canada, CanmetENERGY, Ottawa, ON, Canada

This study presented the results of 3D unsteady CFD simulations to investigate the influence of adding a flat baffle plate at the entrance during the discharging operation on the flow behaviour, thermal stratification, and performance of a hot water storage tank installed in solar thermal energy systems. The CFD results showed that the plate modified the flow field close to the inlet jet, ...

Modeling of Turbulent Combustion in COMSOL Multiphysics®

D. Lahaye[1], L. Cheng[2]
[1]DIAM, EEMCS Faculty, TU Delft, The Netherlands
[2]Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

In the production of high quality materials by a heat treatment, it is indispensable to accurately predict the temperature inside the furnaces being employed. In this work we develop a turbulent combustion model for the heat being released by gas burners inside a shaft kiln. Turbulent combustion is the strongly coupled phenomena of the chemically reacting fuel and oxygen in a turbulent flow. ...

Modeling of Near-Field Ultrasonic Levitation: Resolving Viscous and Acoustic Effects

I .F. Melikhov [1], A. S. Amosov [1], S. A. Chivilikhin [2],
[1] Corning Scientific Center, Saint Petersburg, Russia
[2] ITMO University, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Ultrasonic levitation is a novel technology for contactless handing of various objects. It is already used in various manufacturing processes where it is important to keep untouched surface. In this paper we introduce a model of so-called near-field ultrasonic levitation which allows flying heights of the hundred-micron order. Our model computes air flow in the gap between a vibration source and ...

Multiphysics Simulation of a Packed Bed Reactor

A.E. Varela[1], and J.C. García[1]

[1]University of Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela

Most reactor designs are based on pseudo homogeneous models. This paper studies the COMSOL simulation of a packed bed reactor using a 2-D heterogeneous model. The case considered was a packed reactor with spherical catalyst for oxidation of o-xylene in air to phthalic anhydride. Large differences in intra-pellet temperature were found in comparison with the average temperatures resulting from ...

Passive Indirect Evaporative Cooler - new

F. F. Dall'Agnol[1], A. Pavani[1]
[1]Center for Information Technology Renato Archer, Campinas, SP, Brazil

Evaporative coolers are viable alternative to air conditioners because of their low power consumption. However, in tropical humid environments the increased humidity that accompanies the cool air in the evaporative coolers causes an uncomfortable wet feeling, since it hinders the evaporation of our natural transpiration. Here we test a configuration of evaporative cooler called Indirect Cycle ...

Modeling Microwave Heating During Batch Processing of a Liquid Sample in a Single Mode Cavity

S. Curet [1], F. Bellicanta Begnini [1], O. Rouaud [1], L. Boillereaux [1]
[1] L’UNAM Université, ONIRIS, CNRS, GEPEA, Nantes, France

The use of microwaves for heating purposes of dielectric materials is encountered in many industrial applications (food processing, chemistry, material engineering and medical applications). In most of these thermal applications, the prediction of the temperature evolution within the processed materials is of primary interest in order to optimize the treatment (Chandrasekaran et al., 2013). In ...

Multiphase Laminar Flow with More Than Two Phases

W. T. Vetterling [1],
[1] Zink Imaging, Inc., Billerica, MA, USA

Introduction The COMSOL Multiphysics® software and its CFD Module have a physics interface for solving Laminar Two-Phase Flow problems using the Level Set method (1). This paper discusses how the tool may be used with more than two phases when the flow is laminar. It then introduces a second method for solving such problems. Use of COMSOL Multiphysics The Laminar Two-Phase Flow, Level ...

Numerical Study of the Controlled Droplet Breakup by Static Electric Fields inside a Microfluidic Flow-focusing Device

Y. Li[1], K. Nandakumar[1], M. Jain[1]
[1]Louisiana State Univeristy, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Conventional passive microfluidic flow-focusing devices confront difficulties in controlling droplet sizes in dripping regime especially when the dispersed phase has a large viscosity. It is reported that external electric field can be used to manipulate the droplet breakup. In the present study, a computational fluid dynamics based level-set method coupled with perfect dielectric model has been ...

Modeling Darcian and Non-Darcian Porous Media with COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

A. Kumar [1], S. Pramanik [2], M. Mishra [1],
[1] Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Rupnagar, Punjab, India
[2] Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Rupnagar, Punjab, India; Nordita, SE-10691, Stockholm, Sweden

Darcian and non-Darcian porous media are characterized by the porosity of medium. To capture miscible viscous fingering in both types of porous media, a new model built with COMSOL® software is presented by coupling of two different physics interfaces (hydrodynamics and transport of solute). For modeling in non-Darcian porous media, Brinkman equation is used. In our simulations, perturbations ...