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COMSOL News Magazine 2017

Inverse Method for Calculating the Temperature-Dependent Thermal Conductivity of Nuclear Materials - new

T. Pavlov[1,2], P. Van Uffelen[1], L. Vlahovic[1], D. Staicu[1], M. Wenman[2], R. W. Grimes[2], ,
[1]Institute for Transuranium Elements, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
[2]Department of Materials, Imperial College London, London, UK

The high temperature measurement of thermal conductivity is vital for predicting nuclear fuel performance both during reactor operation and accident conditions. The proposed method uses experimental thermograms obtained via high temperature laser-flash heating of a disc-shaped sample in combination with finite element analysis and parameter optimization to calculate the thermal conductivity ...

Multiscale Simulation of a Photocatalytic Reactor for Water Treatment - new

A. Cockx[1], R. Degrave[1], P. Schmitz[1]
[1]University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France

This study deals with the 3D modeling of a light photocatalytic textile. This process aims to decontaminate industrial effluents such as water with pesticides. The present study describes the implementation of a reactive transport model in a computational fluid dynamics model developed on a Representative Volume Element (RVE) of the textile, i.e. at the microscopic scale. The final ...

Estimation of Critical Parameters of Drop-Drop Electrocoalescence Using a Multiple-Drop System - new

S. S. Kulkarni[1], V. A. Juvekar[1], A. Chheda[2]
[1]Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
[2]Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Electrocoalescence is the phenomenon of coalescence of droplets suspended in an insulating liquid or in a gas under the action of an electric field. Electrocoalescence is considered a promising tool in many petrochemical industries for desalting crude oils. However, this technique suffers from some drawbacks such as short circuiting of electrodes, limitations on applied electric field and its ...

Mathematical Formulation of a PEM Fuel Cell Model

E. Robalinho [1], E. F. Cunha [2], M. Linardi [2], E. I. Santiago [2],
[1] Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares - IPEN/CNEN, São Paulo, SP, Brazil; and Instituto Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - IFRS, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
[2] Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares - IPEN/CNEN, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

The idea of a friendly implementation of a mathematical formulation using specialist software was performed with the support of COMSOL Multiphysics® software with Chemical Reaction Engineering and Batteries & Fuel Cell Modules. The real problem of a Proton Exchange Membrane – PEM fuel cell modeling involves different scales, multiple variables and processes, coupling of solvers and experimental ...

Numerical Evidence of Unrest-Related Electromagnetic Effects in the Campi Flegrei Caldera, Italy

G. Perillo [1], G. De Natale [2], M. G. Di Giuseppe [2], A. Troiano [2], C. Troise [2],
[1] University of Naples Parthenope, Naples, Italy
[2] INGV – Osservatorio Vesuviano, Naples, Italy

Electric, magnetic and electromagnetic (em) methods are widely used to monitor active volcanoes. A review of such applications is presented in Johnston (cit). Em signals were recorded in correspondence of numerous volcanic eruptions, for example in the case of the Mt. Unzen in Giapppone, of Merapi in Indonesia, Etna in Italy and during rapid deformation in Long Valley in California. ...

Modeling and Simulation of Transient SECM (Scanning ElectroChemical Microscopy) Response of Porous Electrodes

L. Balboa [1], G. Wittstock [1],
[1] Institute of Chemistry, Carl v. Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany

In the past two decades, highly porous nanostructured materials have been investigated and used for a large variety of applications, such as catalysis, energy conversion/storage, optics, sensing and more. Nanoporous gold (npAu) is one of such materials which have shown great potential as an electro-catalyst due to not only its physical properties but its surface chemistry as well. It presents a ...

Green Walls for Sustainable Buildings and Cities: Aerodynamic Characterization of Vegetation

K. Koch [1], R. Samson [1], S. Denys [1],
[1] University of Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium

A wind tunnel experiment was modelled using COMSOL Multiphysics® CFD software. A k-ω coupled turbulence model was considered including the Brinkman equation for stationary air flow through a porous vegetation section.

Thermal Clothing Engineering Using a COMSOL® Simulation App

B. Van Der Smissen [1], S. Vasile [2],
[1] University College Ghent, Faculty of Science and Nature, Mechatronics, Ghent, Belgium
[2] University College Ghent, Science and Nature, Fashion, Textile and Wood Technology, Ghent, Belgium

In this paper the development of a COMSOL® app for the engineering design of thermal quality clothing has been started. The software architecture is developed for different design strategies. Specific design requirements lead to different simulation models for the clothing wearing system ranging from simple 1D, 2D to complex time-consuming 3D models. The COMSOL app uses finite element method ...

COMSOL Multiphysics® Software: Simplifying Workflow and Promoting Innovations in Nuclear Engineering at ORNL

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

At Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), COMSOL Multiphysics® software has become a preferred software for certain multiphysics applications in nuclear engineering. This presentation will highlight some of the ongoing activities in the following areas: (1) Highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) conversion of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), (2) New and improved safety ...

Establishing Tolerances and Limits of Failure for Sample and Reagent Flow Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

S. Kumar [1], D. Dendukuri [1]
[1]Achira Labs, Bangalore, Karnataka.

Microfluidics is the science of manipulating and controlling fluids at the micron scale. Although, fluid flow in standard geometries can be determined easily by analytical methods, a more rigorous computational model is required for custom geometries. Achira’s microfluidics cartridge has a microchannel with intricate curvatures to allow the entrapment of biosensors. The number and dimensions of ...