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Computer-aided Design of the Heating Section of a Continuous Kheer (Rice Pudding)-making Machine

S. Kadam[1], T. Gulati[2], A. Datta[1]
[1]Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
[2]Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Kheer is a popular Indian dairy dessert prepared from concentrating milk with simultaneous cooking of rice grains. Conventional methods of preparing kheer have limited its mechanized production. Therefore, a conceptual design of continuous kheer-making machine has been prepared which among other components consists of a heating section for cooking kheer. The present study investigates the CFD ...

Thermal Characterization of Low-Melting-Temperature Phase Change Materials (PCM)

L. Salvador [1], J. Hastanin [1], F. Novello [2],
[1] Centre Spatial de Liège (CSL), Angleur, Belgium
[2] CRM Group, Liège, Belgium

The successful implementation of a high-efficient latent heat storage system necessitates an appropriate experimental approach to investigate and quantify the variations of the Phase Change Material (PCM) thermal properties caused by its aging, as well as its potential demixing induced by cyclic freezing and melting. In this paper, we present a concept for the PCM characterization. The proposed ...

A COMSOL Multiphysics® Software Analysis of Beam Tube Cooling in the High Flux Isotope Reactor of ORNL

J. D. Freels [1],
[1] Research Reactors Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Previous to the present work, a formal calculation was approved [1,2] to support the operation of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) Horizontal Beam-Tube 1 of 4 (HB-1). The present calculation [3,4] repeats the previous work using COMSOL Multiphysics® software and extends the analysis to cover a broader range of coolant flow. In addition, this new calculation expands the analysis much further ...

Improvement of a Steady State Method of Thermal Interface Material Characterization by Use of a Three Dimensional FEA Simulation in COMSOL

B. Sponagle[1], D. Groulx[1]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

An FEA model of a steady state thermal interface material characterization apparatus was created in COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2a. This model was then fitted using three convection heat loss coefficients and the conductance of the TIM layer to a set of experimental measurements made using a steady state apparatus. It was shown that the model successfully matched the measured temperature values and ...

COMSOL Simulation of Flash Lamp Annealed Multilayers for Solid State Electrolyte Fabrication

C. Cherkouk [1], T. Nestler [1], M. Zschornak [1], T. Leisegang [1], D. C. Meyer [1],
[1] Institute of Experimental Physics, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg, Germany

All-solid-state batteries are among the next generation battery concepts that are currently being envisaged among both the international research community and industrial electronic vehicle producers. In addition to a long lifetime of more than several thousand cycles and intrinsic safety, applying solid electrolytes offers a high energy density due to larger electrochemical windows. Aluminum is ...

Simulation of Heat Transfer during Artificial Ground Freezing Combined with Groundwater Flow

R. Hu [1], Q. Liu [1],
[1] School of Earth Science and Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing, China

Based on the heat transfer and seepage theory in porous media, a 2D cross section of a horizontal AGF project is selected and a numerical model is set up, which is based on full coupling of temperature and flow fields by combining physical interfaces of Darcy's Law and Heat Transfer in Porous Media. The simulation results show that freezing wall appears in an asymmetrical shape as the ...

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 ...

Local Conduction Heat Transfer in U-pipe Borehole Heat Exchangers

J. Acuna[1] and B. Palm[1]

[1]Department of Energy Technology, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

The most common way to exchange heat with the bedrock in Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) applications is circulating a fluid through a U-formed closed loop in vertical boreholes drilled several tenths of meters into the ground. This study presents and compares the results of eight cross sectional U-pipe Borehole Heat Exchanger configurations. Values from recent experimental temperature ...

The Influence of Channel Aspect Ratio on Performance of Optimized Thermal-Fluid Structures

E.M. Dede
Toyota Research Institute of North America, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Multiphysics optimization of thermal-fluid systems is an emerging area of interest with application to the development of high performance cooling technologies for electronic systems. This paper builds on previous work focused on the development of a computational platform for numerical optimization. Specifically, a sample optimized topology is briefly described, and the final result is ...

Thermo-Mechanical Analysis of Composite Material Exposed to Fire

A. Davidy[1]
[1]IMI, Ramat Hasharon, Israel

This paper presents thermo-mechanical models for predicting the strength of polymer laminates loaded in tension or compression exposed to one-sided radiant heating by fire. The first part is the fire simulation where the FDS model is utilized. The FDS model generates a solution of several state variables, such as pressure, temperature, heat, velocity vector. In the second part, COMSOL heat ...