A. Nagaraj , P. L. Mills ,
 Texas A&M University - Kingsville, Kingsville, TX, USA
H2SO4 is a very important chemical commodity, and indeed, a nation’s H2SO4 production has been a reasonably good indicator of its industrial strength for the last century or so1,2. Nearly 350 MM tons of H2SO4 was produced in 20143.The demand for H2SO4 in United States exceeds the supply and hence to increase production, recycling and innovative clean technologies must be explored. From ...
Time Dependent Simulations of Thermoelectric Thin Films and Nanowires for Direct Determination of their Efficiency with COMSOL Multiphysics®
M. Muñoz Rojo, J. Jose Romero, D. Ramos, D. Borca-Tasciuc, T. Borca-Tasciuc, M. Martín Gonzalez
Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Rensselaer Polytechnique Institute, Troy, New York, USA
Thermoelectric materials are one of the most promising materials for future and nowadays energy harvesting devices, as they can convert heat into electricity and vice-versa. The efficiency of thermoelectric materials is related with the figure of merit, ZT. Our work deals with the determination of the parameters that affect the measurement of the ZT with the Harman technique and the best ...
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have received tremendous attention as alternative photon harvesting devices. While the sintered TiO2 nanoparticle network attached with dye molecules achieves efficient photon absorption, the electrons have to diffuse through the long TiO2 network to reach the contact, resulting in a high electron density and thus increased recombination. Extensive research ...
P. K. Bahumanyam
University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, USA
Viable design alternative for the existing and fast growing UAVs which are optimized for unmanned flight is of great demand. Designing of a small scale UAV alternative to the AAI Aerosonde UAV has been considered changing the wing tail configuration of the vehicle analyzing both structural and aerodynamic performance improvements using COMSOL Multiphysics® software.
P. Aliabadi, S. Mahmoud, R. K. AL-Dadah
Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
This study is focused on using a thermoelectric device (TED) as an alternative to the cryogenic liquid for cooling cryosurgical probe used for cancerous tissue ablation. Thermoelectric device, namely Peltier, is a solid state device which converts electric current to thermal gradient. In past years thermoelectric devices have been successfully utilized in refrigeration and air conditioning ...
T. Karmokar, R. Pietsch
HIGHVOLT Prüftechnik Dresden GmbH, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany
The computation of electric field strength is the state-of-the-art technique for designing and optimizing High-Voltage (HV) equipment. In this research, the equipment under analysis is Cable Termination (CaTr) which is used to apply high-voltage (75 kV – 800 kV AC) on the cable to be tested (Figure 1). The CaTr is based on the principle of linear electric field control using deionised water with ...
Modeling of Packed Bed Reactors: Hydrogen Production by the Steam Reforming of Methane and Glycerol - new
A. Dixon, B. MacDonald, A. Olm
Department of Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA
The conventional route to hydrogen production is by steam reforming of methane (MSR) in a multitubular packed bed. With the increasing use of biodiesel as a renewable fuel, interest has grown in steam reforming of the excess glycerol produced as a side product (GSR). We use COMSOL Multiphysics® software to model a tubular packed bed reactor, solving a single pellet model at each point. The ...
M. Mattheakis, C. Athanasopoulos, G. P. Tsironis
University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece
We present numerical simulations for the propagation of surface plasmon polaritons in a dielectric-metal-dielectric waveguide using COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We show that the use of an active dielectric with gain that compensates metal absorption losses enhances substantially plasmon propagation. Furthermore, the introduction of the active material induces, for a specific gain value, a ...
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Streamers are considered as main cause of electrical breakdown in air at atmospheric pressure. A streamer is an ionization wave propagating in neutral gas which is converted into low-temperature plasma behind its front. A streamer model is based on drift-diffusion approach where space and time evolution of densities of charge carriers is considered. It results in three convection-diffusion PDEs ...
A. Bahrami, D. K. Aidun
MAE Department, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA
COMSOL Multiphysics® is used to simulate the transport phenomena in arc welding of Nickel to 304SS. Electric Currents (ec) and Magnetic Fields (mf) are used to solve for the Lorentz force which is one of the volume forces. Laminar Flow (spf) is used to simulate flow field. The Lorentz and buoyancy forces are applied as volume forces to the fluid domain. Marangoni effect also is applied to the ...