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Simulation of the Flow of an Autonomous Spherical Ball inside a Pipeline

W. Chalgham [1], A. C. Seibi [1], M. Mokhtari [1],
[1] University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, USA

One of the limitations of pipelines performance and structural integrity assessment is the continuous inspection of possible leaks due to corrosion or other types of failure mechanisms. Efforts to develop new technologies started several decades ago where different inspection techniques were used to enhance pipelines structural integrity. However, although available technologies present some ...

A Theoretical Model for the Control of Color Degradation and Microbial Spoilage Occurring in Food Convective Drying

S. Curcio[1], M. Aversa[1]
[1]University of Calabria, Department of Engineering Modeling, Rende, Cosenza, Italy

The aim of this work was the development of a predictive model aimed at identifying a proper control strategy of food drying process. In particular, it was intended to determine the effect of operating conditions both on the color degradation, chosen as a reference quality parameter, and on the microbial spoilage occurring during potatoes drying. A transport model, accounting for the ...

Assessment of Anterior Spinal Artery Blood Flow following Spinal Cord Injury

M. Alshareef[1], A. Alshareef[2], V. Krishna[3], M. Kindy[3], T. Shazly[4]
[1]College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
[2]Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
[3]Department of Neurosurgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
[4]Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA

The incidence of spinal cord injury (SCI) in the US is approximately 12,000 individuals annually, due to various forms of trauma and disease. Diminished flow over a prolonged period of time can cause permanent spinal damage. We constructed a 3D finite element model of the spinal cord to examine the role of compressive loading on spinal blood flow. It was found that the type of forces on the ...

Change in the Flow Rate Through a Deformed Valve

D. Kekejian[1], Y. Martinez[1]
[1]ITESO, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico

In this work, a new design is suggested which functions both as a pipe for fluid transfer and as a valve which decreases the flow of the fluid in the opposite direction in case there are pressure fluctuations in the pipe. Therefore, we call it a "Deformed Valve". To design the structure, we had to use different geometric shapes and calculate the velocity of the fluid for each shape to determine ...

Radiation Force Effect at the Dielectric Water-Air Interface - new

G. V. B. Lukasievicz[1], N. G. C. Astrath[2], L. C. Malacarne[2], M. L. Baesso[2], S. E. Bialkowski[3]
[1]Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, Toledo, PR, Brazil
[2]Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá, PR, Brazil
[3]Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

The radiation force effects on the surface displacement can be calculated by solving the Navier-Stokes equation with appropriated boundary conditions. The surface deformation can be described by the radiation pressure as well as those forces due to gravity and surface tension. We used the photomechanical mirror (PM) method to measure the time-evolution of the nanometer deformation generated on ...

Simulation of Constant-Volume Droplet Generators for Parallelization Purposes

D. Conchouso [1], A. Arevalo [1], D. Castro [1], Y. Ying [1], I. G. Foulds [2]
[1] King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
[2] School of Engineering, University of British Columbia - Okanagan, Vancouver, BC, Canada

To maintain same droplet size across parallel devices, new break-up strategies based on geometry are been studied. In this work, we model a geometrically-set droplet generator, in which the droplet break-up occurs by a block and break mechanism. In other words when the disperse phase blocks the path of the continuous phase, droplet formation occurs. The devices showed consistent droplet ...

Acoustic Scattering through a Circular Orifice in Low Mach Number Flow

S. Sack [1], M. Abom [1]
[1] KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

The acoustic scattering through a circular orifice plate in a duct with low Mach number flow (M=0.1) is computed using the Linearized Navier-Stokes physics interface of COMSOL Multiphysics®. The work by Kierkegaard et al. is extended to account for higher order acoustic modes, i.e., behind the cut-on frequency of the first radial duct mode. Orifice flows tend to create a sharp separation zone at ...

A Preliminary Approach to the Neutronics of the Molten Salt Reactor by Means of COMSOL Multiphysics®

V. Memoli[1], A. Cammi[1], V. Di Marcello[1], and L. Luzzi[1]
[1]Nuclear Engineering Division, Department of Energy, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

The Molten Salt Reactor (MSR), proposed along with other five innovative concepts of fission nuclear reactor by the Generation IV International Forum (GIF-IV), represents a challenging task from the modeling perspective because of the strong coupling between neutronics and thermo-hydrodynamics due to liquid fuel circulation in the primary loop. In this paper COMSOL Multiphysics® is adopted to ...

Numerical Calculation of Effective Density and Compressibility Tensors in Periodic Porous Media: A Multi-Scale Asymptotic Method

C. Lee[1], M. Leamy[1], and J. Nadler[2]

[1]School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
[2]Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), Georgia Institute of Technology

A major issue in predicting and controlling (via design) absorption properties of rigid porous media is the determination of the frequency-dependent effective density and compressibility tensors. Unlike previous research efforts which employ in-house and, oftentimes, multiple numerical procedures for determining these two essential tensors, we formulate their solution in terms of a set of micro ...

Atmospheric Icing of Transmission Line Conductor Bundles

T. Wagner[1], and U. Peil[2]
[1]International Graduate School of Risk Management of Natural and Civilization Hazards on Buildings and Infrastructure, Braunschweig, Germany
[2]Institute of Steel Structures, Technical University Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

Hazardous for the transmission lines is not only the static ice load, but also the aerodynamic instability of iced cables. It can lead to large amplitude oscillations at low frequencies. Also,  twisting due to asymmetrical iced cables may increase the fatigue rate. In extreme events, atmospheric icing can cause severe damage on towers and power lines, resulting in extensive electricity ...