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Passive Cooling of Power Electronics: Heat in the Box

M. Berger[1], W. Schernus[1]
[1]West Coast University of Applied Sciences, Heide, Germany

Results presented are a contribution to the design of a 5kW-DC-AC-converter for applications in forklifts. The device is located in a closed environment and entirely operated with passive cooling. Due to concurrent engineering approach and environmental conditions correct prediction of absolute temperature values by simulation was crucial. Heat sinks have been modeled properly and a thermal ...

Finite Element Convergence and Speed-Up Studies Using COMSOL Multiphysics and LiveLink™ for MATLAB® with Large Assembly Models

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

COMSOL Multiphysics along with its LiveLink™ for MATLAB® is used to investigate the needed number of elements and the required order of Lagrangean p element for a number of different simulation models. For this task, convergence study, speed up testing and interactive meshing is performed on a large assembly model which is also imported using the LiveLink™ for SolidWorks®. As a test bench, the ...

Modeling of HTPEM Fuel Cell Start-Up Process by Using COMSOL Multiphysics

Y. Wang[1], D. Uwe Sauer[1]
[1]Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems, Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

HTPEM fuel cells are considered to be the next generation fuel cells. The electrochemical kinetics for electrode reactions are enhanced by using PBI membrane at an operation temperature between 160-180 °C comparing to LTPEM fuel cells. But starting HTPEM fuel cells from room temperature to an operation temperature is a challenge. In this work, using preheated air to heat up the fuel cells ...

Development and Optimization of a Microfluidic Device for Magnetic Field Induced Cell Separation

L. Helmich[1], A. Hütten[1]
[1]Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

Besides conventional laboratory analysis methods, so called micro-total-analysis devices (µTAS) have gained great interest during the last decades. In this work we demonstrate a mechanism for the separation and selection of medical samples that can be applied within these µTAS devices. Due to magnetic beads, which are bound to the cell surface, these biological samples become sensitive to ...

Looking for the Origin of Power Laws in Electric Field Assisted Tunneling

H. Cabrera[1], D.A. Zanin[1], L.G. De Pietro[1], A. Vindigni[1], U. Ramsperger[1], D. Pescia[1]
[1]Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

A sharp tip approached perpendicular to a conducting surface at subnanometer distances and biased with a small voltage builds a junction across which electrons can be transferred from the tip apex to the nearest surface atom by direct quantum mechanical tunneling. Such a junction is used e.g. in Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). When the distance d between tip and collector is increased ...

Modeling of Lorenz Force Flowmeter for Molten Metal Flow Application

T. V. Shyam[1], B. S. V. G. Sharma[1], Mrigendra Kumar Mrityunjaya [2], Dr. Ravinder Agarwal[2]
[1]Reactor Engineering Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India
[2]Thapar University, Patiala, India

Flow measurement of molten metals is a formidable task considering the hostile conditions. Many electromagnetic methods have been evolved for measurement of flow of conductive medium. The Lorenz force velocimetry is promising considering its non-intrusive nature. The Lorenz force velocimetry is an electromagnetic flow measurement method that is based on exposing molten metal flow to a ...

Residual Stresses and Failure Probability of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Due to the Sintering Process

F. Greco[1], J. van Herle[1], A. Nakajo[1]
[1]FUELMAT Group, Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is composed of four layers (anode, electrolyte compatibility layer and cathode) of different ceramic materials. The anode layer is produced by tape casting, the remaining layers are deposited by screen-printing. The layers are sintered together at high temperatures. During heating up and cooling down (manufacturing process), stresses are generated in the layers due ...

Optimization of a Rotor Shape for Spherical Actuator with Magnetically Levitating Rotor to Match Octupole Field Distribution

M. Sidz[1], R. Wawrzaszek[1], L. Rossini[2], A. Boletis[3], S. Mingard[3], K. Seweryn[1], E. Onillon[2], M. Strumik[1]
[1]Space Research Centre of PAS, Warsaw, Poland
[2]CSEM Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique SA, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
[3]Maxon Motor AG, Sachseln, Switzerland

The use of a reaction sphere as an actuator used by satellite Attitude Control System was proposed over twenty years ago. In principle this concept assumes the use of a single reaction sphere which can be accelerated in any direction instead of a set of reaction wheels. The solution discussed in this work has been proposed and patented by CSEM company. Contrary to conventional ball bearing ...

Finite-Element Analysis of High Frequency Electromagnetic Fields

Masanori HASHIGUCHI et al.[1]

[1]Keisoku Engineering System Co., Ltd., Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan

Using COMSOL Multiphysics, numerical solution of electromagnetic field of microstrip open stub is obtained in frequency domain of 0.1GHz - 60GHz by using the COMSOL RF Module and the computed S11 is compared to experiment. It was found that the S11 predicted here is in good agreement with the experimental result reported in Ref.1.

3D-FEA of the Relationship between the Occiput and Sphenoid in the Osteopathic Paradigm - new

Y. Chiesa[1]
[1]Istituto Superiore di Osteopatia, Milan, Italy

The concept of cranial Primary Respiratory Mechanism (MRP) is used by osteopathic practitioners to explain the perceptual characteristics arising from the clinical palpation approach of the human skull. The theoretical apparatus and the same MRP existence is always element of controversy among the scientific community. The results arising from this study highlight the intrinsic capability of ...