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3D Printed Microfluidic Medical Devices: Rapid Prototyping Using LiveLink™ for MATLAB®

A. P. Spann [1], M. J. Hancock [1],
[1] Veryst Engineering LLC., Needham, MA, USA

Recent advances in additive manufacturing enable rapid production of low-cost custom devices.[1-2] Despite modern 3D printers apparent resolutions on the order of tens of microns, for microfluidic applications there are challenges associated with the creation of channels below a few hundred microns,[3] including the removal of support materials. We present two case studies that use COMSOL ...

Hydro-Mechanical Modelling of Infiltration Test for a Bentonite-Sand Mixture: Model Verification and Parameter Identification

M. Hasal[1], R. Hrtus[1], Z. Michalec[1], R. Blaheta[1]
[1]Institute of Geonics AS CR, Ostrava, Czech Republic

The first aim of our work is to create a hydro-mechanical model (HM) of unsaturated fluid flow in bentonite-sand mixture (BSM) MX-80. The second aim is to validate and calibrate the developed model by using the data from a laboratory infiltration test of BSM. The used multi-physics model combines Richards type unsaturated flow with diffusive vapour flow and (nonlinear) elastic response of the ...

3D Multiphysics Analyses to Support Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Conversion of HFIR - new

P. K. Jain[1], J. D. Freels[1]
[1]Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Engineering design studies of the feasibility of conversion of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) from high-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel are ongoing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of an effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors program. COMSOL Multiphysics® models are ...

Molecular Hydrogen Tracking in an Electrolytic Polishing Process

L. M. A. Ferreira [1],
[1] CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

In a water based electrolytic polishing process, the formation of molecular hydrogen at the cathode is unavoidable and it can contribute to the formation of surface defects at the anode side. This paper presents the work to model and simulate the molecular hydrogen flow inside radio frequency cavity geometries and compares it with the presence, type and relative position of certain defects in ...

Multiphysics Modeling of a Metal Foam

B. Chinè [1][3], M. Monno[2]
[1]Laboratorio MUSP, Macchine Utensili e Sistemi di Produzione, Piacenza, Italy
[2]Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Meccanica, Milano, Italy
[3]Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica, Cartago, Costa Rica

Introduction: In metal foams production, nucleated gas bubbles expand in a heated metal in a mold, then the foam cool and solidify. Thereby energy, mass and momentum transfer mechanisms are present simultaneously in the system and must be taken into account. Metal foam (Figure 1) can be obtained by foaming a precursor, i.e. a mixing of aluminum (Al) powders with the blowing agent TiH2, placing ...

Design of a Controlled Dosing Scheme for Liquids using a Venturi

M. Dagaonkar[1], V. Kumaran[1], R. Venkataraghavan[1], D. C. Franklin[1]
[1]Unilever R&D, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Dosing a predetermined quantity of one liquid into another, in a controlled fashion, is a process often encountered in a variety of operations at both industrial and laboratory scales. This process becomes a challenging one if it has to be carried out in a continuous mode, without using any dosing pump and if the dosage levels are very small. A possible simple and elegant solution to the problem ...

Comparison of Different Passive Oil-Water Mixing Schemes in a Flow Loop - new

A. Chaudhuri[1]
[1]Materials Synthesis & Integrated Devices, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA

Oil and water are immiscible fluids and they tend to separate very easily when introduced into a flow stream from two different sources in a flow loop. This model studies the development of mixture volume fraction in an oil-water-flow loop with 3 different passive mixing schemes: (i) blind-T, (ii) check valve, and (iii) static mixer. Each device produces different levels of mixture homogeneity ...

Analysis of a Metal Foam Heat Exchanger

V. Villani [1], G. Bella [2],
[1] University "Niccolò Cusano", Engineering Department, Rome, Italy
[2] University "Niccolò Cusano", Engineering Department, Rome, Italy; University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Rome, Italy

We present a numerical investigation on a metal foam radiator in natural convection. Metal foams are innovative lightweight materials with unique heat dissipation properties. COMSOL Multiphysics® has been used to reproduce experimental data and generate an optimized geometry to maximize the heat flux. Local Thermal Equilibrium approach has been used. The model was generated taking advantage of ...

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 ...

Design Of A Flat Membrane Module For Fouling And Permselectivity Studies

J.M. Gozalvez-Zafrilla, and A. Santafe-Moros
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Flat membrane modules are widely used to study the membrane performance at the laboratory which is influenced by pressure and velocity. Most modules designed for laboratory studies have high pressure drop and abrupt changes of flow direction what yield to lack of uniform flow and pressure uncertainty over the membrane surface. With the aim to minimize these drawbacks, we developed a new module ...