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Underwater Flow Noise Simulation

S. H. Abadi [1], A. T. Lim [1],
[1] University of Washington, Bothell, WA, USA

Underwater acoustics is an area that studies the sound propagation in water and the interactions with other objects and water boundaries. There are many technologies available for acoustic exploration of the ocean. Underwater vehicles are robots used in ocean sciences that travel underwater autonomously and can tow a hydrophone as a mobile sensor to record sound. The turbulent flow induced by ...

Coupled Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) for Prediction of Thermal-hydraulic Performance of Plate-fin-tube Heat Exchangers

W. Yaici [1], E. Entchev [1]
[1] Renewable Energy, Heat and Power Laboratory, CanmetENERGY Research Centre, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Plate fin-tube heat exchangers are used extensively in heating, ventilating, and air conditioning, process engineering, and refrigeration systems. They have a high degree of surface compactness. Substantial heat transfer enhancement is obtained as a result of the periodic starting and development of boundary layers over interrupted channels formed by the fins and their dissipation in the fin ...

Effect of Viscosity of Food on Digestion and Nutrient Absorption in the Human Small Intestine

J. S. Karthikeyan [1], D. Salvi [1], M. V. Karwe [1],
[1] Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Digestion is the process of breaking down food into smaller components, by mechanical and enzymatic action in the digestive tract, so that the smaller nutrient molecules can be more easily absorbed in the intestinal tract. To study and analyze the human digestive process, different methodologies have been used in the past. In general, in vivo feeding studies with humans provide the most accurate ...

Simulations of Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy Experiments in Pure Negative and Positive Feedback Mode with Ring Microelectrodes

J. Mauzeroll[1], M. Mayoral[1], and D. Fabre[1]
[1]Department of Chemistry, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) is a powerful tool recently developed for studying structures and processes in micrometer and submicrometer sized systems. It can probe electron, ion, and molecule transfers, and other reactions at solid-liquid, and liquid-liquid, interfaces . This versatility allows for the investigation of a wide variety of processes, from metal corrosion to ...

Depth-Averaged Modeling of Groundwater Flow and Transport

P. Kitanidis
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

In many groundwater studies, the areal extent of an aquifer is much larger than its thickness so that flow and transport take place primarily in horizontal directions. Thus, the most common type of modeling in practical applications is two-dimensional involving vertically averaged dependent variables, primarily hydraulic head and solute concentration. This is a tutorial on depth-averaged ...

Numerical Solutions for the Lévêque Problem of Boundary Layer  Mass or Heat Flux

E. Holzbecher
Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS), Berlin, Germany

The Lévêque problem is an idealized simple situation concerning the influence of the boundary on the distribution of temperature or mass in Hagen-Poiseuille flow. Here, the performance of numerical solutions is examined for a range of Péclet numbers, spanning 11 orders of magnitude. We examine the Sherwood, resp. Nusselt numbers and confirm the cubic square rule for high flow ...

Miscible Viscous Fingering: Application in Chromatographic Columns and Aquifers

S. Pramanik[1], G. L. Kulukuru[1], M. Mishra[1]
[1]Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Rupnagar, Punjab, India

When a less viscous fluid displaces a more viscous one in a porous medium or Hele-Shaw cell, the interface between the two miscible fluids does not remain flat and deforms into fingers growing in time [1]. It occurs due to the faster movement of less viscous fluid than the more viscous one, for a given pressure gradient. Fingering affects in aquifers, in packed bed reactors, and detrimental to ...

Simulation and Parametric Study of a PDMS Based Valveless Micropump Using FSI Approach

R. R. Gidde [1], P. M. Pawar [1],
[1] SVERI's College of Engineering, Pandharpur, Maharashtra, India

In this paper simulation and parametric study of a PDMS valveless micropump using Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) appraoch is presented. The simulation for the valveless micropump were carried out in COMSOL Multiphysics software. In case of a valveless micropump diffuser/nozzle element is connected to a chamber with an oscillating diaphragm. To improve the flow rate of the valveless micropump, ...

Modeling of Mixing-Sensitive Pharmaceutical Drug Substance Processes in Batch Reactors

F. Akpinar [1], B. Cohen [1], J. Tabora [1], A. Glace [1], K. Lauser [1], F. Lora Gonzalez [1], J. Albrecht [1],
[1] Bristol-Myers Squibb, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Manufacturing of pharmaceutical drug substances involves chemical unit operations that are dependent on effective mixing, particularly reactions and crystallizations. Poor mixing can cause uneven distribution of chemical species in stirred tanks, leading to impurity formation and decrease in selectivity during reactions, and localized supersaturation, uncontrolled nucleation, impurity entrapment ...

Thermo-Fluid Dynamics FEM Simulation of Advanced Water Cold Plates for Power Electronics

N. Delmonte[1], F. Giuliani[1], P. Cova[1]
[1]Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, Università degli Studi di Parma, Parma, Italy

Introduction: Power electronic converters such as those for High Energy Physics Experiments (HEPEs) must operate in thermally hostile environment. Heat generated by electronics components must be conveniently dissipated to ensure electrical performances and improve reliability. Due to the high power density, the presence of closed environments, and the requirement of non-thermal interaction with ...