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Building Energy Simulation Using the Finite Element Method

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

In order to predict, improve and meet a certain set of performance requirements related to the indoor climate of buildings and the associated energy demand, building energy simulation (BES) tools are indispensable. Due to the rapid development of FEM software and the Multiphysics approaches, it should possible to build and simulate full 3D models of buildings regarding the energy demand. The ...

A Computational Approach for Optimizing the First Flyer Using COMSOL Multiphysics

A.H. Aziz[1], H. Pourzand[1], A.K. Singh[1]
[1]Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

COMSOL Multiphysics software was used to structurally optimize the Wright brothers’ flyer. The flyer was drawn in SolidWorks, imported and meshed in COMSOL. COMSOL Solid Mechanics module was used to analyze the flyer. Four of the sixteen struts were removed yet the structural integrity of the flyer was maintained. COMSOL Laminar Flow module was used to compute the aerodynamic forces and ...

Optimized Illumination Directions of Single-Photon Detectors Integrated with Different Plasmonic Structures

M. Csete[1], Á. Sipos[1], A. Szalai[1], G. Szabó[1]
[1]Department of Optics and Quantum Electronics, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary

The optimal orientations of different single-photon detector designs were determined by COMSOL software package. Absorption of niobium-nitride (NbN) stripes in two different (p=220 nm, 3p=660 nm) periodic patterns integrated with plasmonic elements was studied. In OC-SNSPDs consisting of ~quarter-photon-wavelength nano-cavity the optimum direction is perpendicular incidence onto NbN stripes in P ...

Diverse Models for Graphite Brick Deformation and Stress State in UK AGR Nuclear Reactors

J. Burrow [1], A. Bond [1],
[1] Quintessa Ltd, United Kingdom

The UK Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor fleet, operated by EDF Energy, utilize a graphite core consisting of a lattice of around 3000 annular bricks. Due to irradiation, oxidation and thermal effects, the bricks deform and loose mass as they age. Of key concern is the late-life behavior of the bricks, in particular the predicted time at which brick shrinkage reverses into expansion, generating large ...

Development of a COMSOL Application for the Efficient Evaluation of an Engineered Barrier System

D. Sampietro [1], E. Abarca [1], H. von Schenck [2], J. Molinero [1]
[1] Amphos 21 Consulting S.L., Barcelona, Spain
[2] Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co., Stockholm, Sweden

Radioactive waste repositories include barriers that work to contain the waste, thereby protecting human health and the environment. In deep geological disposal systems, barriers include the natural geological barrier and the engineered barrier system (EBS). The ability of the EBS to limit groundwater flow is important and optimized design solutions are often sought by means of numerical ...

Effect of Parallel Strip Water Source Spacing on Lateral Infiltration Flux

M. García-Serrana [1], J. L. Nieber [1], J. S. Gulliver [1],
[1] University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

This analysis evaluates the importance of the lateral component of flow on the infiltration of water from parallel strip sources of water on the soil surface. Flow from such sources will be two-dimensional, having both vertical and lateral components. Here we examine the effect of the spacing between parallel strip sources and the texture of the soil on the rate of infiltration through a given ...

Stress Analysis on All-Ceramic Specimens of Different Geometries During Thermalcycling Tests

D. Fabris [1], B. Henriques [2], J. C. M. Souza [1], J. Guimarães [1], M. Fredel [1]
[1] Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil
[2] Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Blumenau, SC, Brazil; and CMEMS-Uminho, Universidade do Minho, Guimarães, Portugal

Dental restorations can be made by different materials bonded together, which grant good mechanical resistance and aesthetic at the same time. In order to evaluate the behavior of dental restorations in the oral environment, a test, called thermocycler, is used, which simulates the temperature changes and the chemical environment of the mouth. The objective of this work is to evaluate thermal ...

Structural Design of a NFC-Reader-Antenna for Automotive Electronics with FEM Simulation

A. K. Palit [1],
[1] ZF-Lemförder Electronic GmbH, ZF-Friedrichshafen AG. Group, Friedrichshafen, Germany

The design of a right contour/structure of the NFC-antenna is presented. The NFC-reader-antenna is applied later to communicate with the NFC-tag (transponder) of a smart phone placed in the phone box of the car. The NFC-reader-antenna with selected contour is printed directly on the PCB and the antenna-PCB is placed under the phone box at the center console. The designed antenna must fulfill ...

The Metal Patch Effect on the Microwave Heating Uniformity

Huacheng Zhu [1], Qian Meng [2], Quansheng Wang [2], Youqi Deng [2],
[1] Institute of Applied Electromagnetics, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
[2] College of Physical Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

Microwave heating is known for its efficiency and instantaneity. However, the non-uniformity of the microwave heating has limited the development of its application in industry. In order to solve this problem, a metal patch sticking to the turntable was proposed. During the heating process, the location of the metal patch will change along with the rotation of turntable. Thus, regulate the ...

Effect of S-p Relation Model on DNAPL Migration Simulation Result

H. Ishimori[1], and K. Endo[1]
[1]National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

To consider effective counter measures against ground water contaminated with dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) such as chlorinated solvents, it is first important to understand the mechanism of their migration in heterogeneous aquifer. In addition, numerical analysis models to simulate such a complex migration in heterogeneous aquifer are required. The displacement pressure, which ...