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Modeling of Silicon Transport into Germanium Using a Simplified Crystal Growth Technique

F. Mechighel[1][3], B. Pateyron[1], M. El Ganaoui[1], S. Dost[2], and M. Kadja[3]

[1]Laboratory SPCTS UMR CNRS, ENSCI, Limoges University, Limoges, France
[2]Crystal Growth Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Victoria, Canada
[3]Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Constantine, Constantine, Algeria

A numerical simulation study, using COMSOL Multiphysics®, was carried out to examine the temperature and concentration fields in the dissolution process of silicon into germanium melt. This work utilized a simplified configuration which may be considered to be similar material configuration to that used in the Vertical Bridgman growth methods. The concentration profile for the SiGe sample ...

Modeling Magnetic Configurations for Improved Separations of Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Materials

S. Khushrushahi[1], T.A. Hatton[1], M. Zahn[1]
[1]Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Magnetic separation of magnetic liquid phases/particles from non-magnetic liquid phases/particles are needed for applications such as cleaning up oil spills by separating oil and water liquid phases or separating magnetic materials from non-magnetic materials in biomedical and microfluidic applications. Magnetic fluids (also called ferrofluids), in a magnetic field, experience a magnetic force ...

Dynamics of a Sessile Droplet Evaporation

G. Marinaro[1], A. Accardo[1], E. Di Fabrizio[1]
[1]Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Nanostructures Department, Genova, Italy

Evaporation of sessile droplets is associated with simple phenomena such as the ring-like spot left by a drying coffee droplet. Evaporation rate plays an important role on the convective motion inside the droplet. These fluxes are for example one of the factors responsible for amyloid fibrillation of proteins, a mechanism present in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer. In our ...

The Effect of Fuel and Oxidant Pumping on the Performance of a Membraneless Microfluidic Fuel Cell

A. F. Tayel [1], M. A. Fathallah [1], M. M. Elsayed [1],
[1] Department of Mechanical Engineering, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

For the commercialization of membraneless microfluidic fuel cell, voltage and minimum power demand for various applications need a precise selection of fuel and oxidant flow rates to achieve the optimum cell performance. A numerical study on a membraneless microfluidic fuel cell was made to determine the effect of Peclet (Pe) number on the overall performance of the fuel cell. A model of 1 mm ...

Flow Induced Oscillations of Marine Risers with Wake Interference

F. Van den Abeele, and J. Vande Voorde
OCAS N.V., J.F. Kennedylaan 3, Zelzate, Belgium

With offshore oil and gas exploration and production moving into ever deeper waters, the suspended length of marine risers (transporting hydrocarbons from the seabed to the surface) can easily exceed 3000 meters. One of the major design requirements for risers in (ultra) deep water is to limit the fatigue damage caused by vortex induced vibrations (VIV). Even moderate currents can induce vortex ...

3D Modeling of Urban Areas for Built Environment Applications Using COMSOL

J. van Schijndel[1]
[1]Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

This paper presents the modeling and simulation results of wind velocities in urban areas. The main idea was to build random generated urban areas for studying the influence of different urban geometries, from relative open to more dense, on wind profiles. The Spalert-Allmaras turbulent flow model turned out to be suitable for domains up to 50 x 50 x 100 m^3. The k-? turbulence model provided ...

Simplified Numerical Model of an Axial Impeller

A.-M. Georgescu[1], S.-C. Georgescu[2]
[1]Hydraulics and Environmental Protection Department, Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania
[2]Hydraulics Department, University “Politehnica”, Bucharest, Romania

We propose a simplified numerical method to model the flow field downstream of an axial impeller. The method can be used for any axial hydraulic machinery for which, one is less interested by the flow between the blades, than by the flow field downstream of the machinery. The method is applied to an axial fan for which the pressure - flow rate curve is available. Numerical results are obtained ...

Development of a Reactive Silencer for Turbo Compressors

J. Smeulers[1], N. Gonzalez Diez[1]
[1]TNO, Delft, The Netherlands

Turbo compressors can generate high frequency tonal noise, causing nuisance in the environment. As the noise is radiated from the piping, a silencer is installed between the compressor and the pipe system. Commonly an absorption silencer is applied, which is a vessel that contains acoustic absorption material. Due to high flow velocities and vibrations the absorption material may be blown out ...

External Field Induced Flow Patterns in Microscale Multiphase Flows

D. Bandyopadhyay[1], A. Sharma[1], S. Timung[1], V. Tiwari[1], T. K. Mandal[1]
[1]Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam, India

The study of multiphase flows inside the microfluidic devices has received much attention recently because of its applications in heat and mass transfer, mixing, microreaction, emulsification and most importantly in MEMS and lab-on-a-chip. We study the influence of an electric field on the interfacial morphologies and their transitions, the phenomenon termed electrohydrodynamics. The literature ...

Fluid Flow Modeling in a Bioreactor Applied to Wine Production

C. Soares [1], N. Padoin [1], P. M. Aballay [2], O. A. Ortiz [2],
[1] Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil
[2] Universidad Nacional de San Juan, San Juan, Argentina

Wine quality is strongly dependent on the operation parameters of the production process. In batch or fed batch reactors, the rotating velocity should be carefully controlled to avoid cellular stress and ensure adequate mixing of the mixture. Moreover, precise control of substrates concentration evolution and cellular growth, as well as efficient heat transfer, allows the production of high ...