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Modeling of Non-Equilibrium Effects in the Gravity Driven Countercurrent Imbibition

M. Chahardowli[1], R. Farajzadeh[1], J. Bruining[1]
[1]Department of Geotechnology, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

One of the main mechanisms in the secondary oil migration from the source rock into oil traps is gravity driven countercurrent imbibition. Many mathematical models describe countercurrent imbibition considering local equilibrium. However, Barenblatt proposed a model to describe the effect of non-equilibrium in oil water displacement. Here, the proposed model was implemented in a gravity driven ...

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 ...

Simulation of Differential Ion Mobility (DMS) Principle Coupled with Mass Spectrometry in Atmospheric Pressure

F. Sinatra[1], T. Wu[2], A. Avila[2], E. Nazarov[1], T. Evans-Nguyen[1], J. Wang[2]
[1]Draper Laboratory, Tampa, FL, USA
[2]University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Mass spectrometry is an analytical technique widely used in the scientific community to determine chemical composition of sample compounds. Typically, mass spectrometers perform their analysis under vacuum conditions, though atmospheric pressure mass spectrometers are becoming more prevalent. With the development of atmospheric pressure mass spectrometers, techniques such as FAIMS (Field ...

Modeling the Effect of Discrete Distributions of Platinum Particles in the PEM Fuel Cell Catalyst Layer

C.F. Cetinbas[1], A.K. Prasad[2], S.G. Advani[1]
[1]Center for Fuel Cell Research, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA
[2]University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA

In this study, the basic catalyst layer (CL) structure, consisting of carbon-supported Pt particles (C|Pt) and an ionomer binder, is investigated numerically by using COMSOL. The significance of modeling discrete Pt particles on the carbon support is highlighted by comparing the cell performance results to the case in which the Pt is assumed to be distributed uniformly over the carbon support as ...

Analysis of Working Fluid Flow and Debris Behavior in Micro-EDM Gap Area

Masashi MACHIDA[1]

[1]Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan

Debris, micro particles produced by discharges, stay in the gap area during deep hole machining by micro EDM, cause short-circuits and abnormal discharges, finally make machining impossible. Although a deep hole can be processed by using the tool with grooves on the surface, the effect of the tool shape on the flow of working fluid and the behavior of debris are not clear yet. In this research, ...

Thermal Natural Convection Simulations with COMSOL Multiphysics® in Comparison with Measurements - new

H. van Halewijn[1]
[1]Fontys University of Applied Physics, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

In a laboratory setup a horizontal rod is heated on one side. By natural convection a stable temperature pattern is developed. Using the Nusselt formulation of the natural convection of cylindrical rods, the temperature distribution can be calculated. Only a good match of the simulations and the measurements can be reached when taking into account all the non-linear physics in the system. In ...

1D Axisymmetric Modeling of Shrinkage for Non-Porous Materials

J. M. Meot [1], A. Briffaz [1], J. Jacquin [2], S. Rashidi [2]
[1] Cirad, UMR QualiSud, Montpellier, France
[2] Bureau national Interprofessionnel du Pruneau, Villeneuve, France

A 1D-axisymmetric model was built to represent the drying of a single d’Ente plum to d’Agen prune. Underlying assumptions of the model were those of Di Matteo et al. 2003. Sorption isotherms of plum come from Tsami et al, 1990 and equation structure of apparent water diffusion coefficients from Sabarez, 2001. External transfer coefficients were adjusted by direct measurements. The parameters of ...

Argon Plasma Simulations for Educational Purposes at Fontys University of Applied Physics

H. van Halewijn [1],
[1] Fontys University of Applied Physics, The Netherlands

At the Fontys University of Applied Physics (The Netherlands) a plasma etcher has been acquired for educational purposes. The machine operates at low power up to 30 Watt and is driven with a magnetic coil at 13.56 MHz. The use of COMSOL Multiphysics software will be discussed to simulate the temperature and mass fractions of the activated and ionized atoms in the gas. The simulations will be ...

Multiphysics Analysis and Optimization of Mechatronic Device Applications for Switching Devices

O. Cracium[1]
[1]ABB, Ladenburg, Germany

Medium- and high-voltage circuit breakers and reclosers are important grid protection devices that connect different grid sources and increase the network/grid reliability. Currently, there is a clear need of increasing the numbers of switching operation. Therefore, the optimal design of these devices becomes of extreme importance in order to enable the required switching capabilities. This ...

AlGaInAs/InP Hexagonal Resonator Microlasers with a Center Hole

H. Weng [1], Y. Yang [1], B. Liu [1], X. Ma [1]
[1] Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China

In the past decades, equilateral polygonal microcavity lasers with whispering-gallery modes (WGMs) have attracted great attentions due to their potential application in photonic-integrated circuits. Compared to the perfect microdisk without deformation, the polygonal microcavities such as triangle, square, hexagonal and octagonal can easily realize the light directional emission and single mode ...