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Aerodynamic Study For Air To Gas Leakage Reduction In A Typical Rotary Regenerative Air Preheater Of Coal-Fired Steam Generators

L. Ferravante[1], C. Zagano[1], and V. Marra[2]
[1]RSE S.p.A. - via Rubattino, Milano, Italy
[2]COMSOL S.r.l. - Via Vittorio Emanuele II, Brescia, Italy

The present study relates to the reduction of the amount of air to gas leakage in a typical rotary regenerative air preheater of coal-fired steam generators, by means of computational thermo-fluid-dynamics. Due to the gaps, or clearances, required for rotation, there is a significant amount of leakage of the higher pressure air to the lower pressure gas stream. This paper presents a turbulent ...

Thermal Stress in a Zero Thermal Expansion Composite

C. Romao, and M. White
Dept. of Chemistry and Institute for Research in Materials
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS

A series of 2-D finite element models of a ZrO2-ZrW2O8 composite system were created in COMSOL Multiphysics to study the effect of pores between the matrix (ZrO2) and filler (ZrW2O8) materials. Pores were modeled as ellipses concentric with the filler particles. Seventeen model geometries of varying microstructure were studied in order to determine correlations between microstructural ...

Mass Transfer From a Rotating Cylinder in a Confined Gas Flow

N. Jand[1], A. Scarpetta[2], and M. Stefano[2]
[1]Chemical Engineering Department, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
[2]Faculty of Engineering, University of L'Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

The modeling of sublimation form a rotating cylinder of solid naphthalene in a confined vessel has been performed by coupling the model of incompressible Newtonian fluid flow with the model of the dilute solutions. Preliminary a 2D axisymmetric system with swirl flow function for laminar and turbulent regimes has been considered. In the turbulent regime the RANS model with default parameter ...

Experimental and Numerical Study of Microbial Improved Oil Recovery in a Pore Scale Model by using COMSOL

M. Shabani Afrapoli, L. Shidong, S. Alipour , and O. Torsaeter
Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics
Trondheim, Norway

A number of visualization experiments are carried out at the laboratory temperature with oil, brine and bacteria suspension for evaluating the performance of MIOR in a glass micromodel. The observations show the effects of bacteria on remaining oil saturation. The interfacial tension reduction, wettability alteration and flow pattern changes are recognized as active mechanisms. COMSOL ...

Validation of Space Charge Laminar Flow in Diodes

M. Cavenago[1]
[1]INFN-LNL, Legnaro, Padova, Italy

The well known Pierce design of electron and ion diodes is the base of particle source extraction systems [1,2]. It was heavily studied up to 1960 with analog computing and it now offers us a known case against which to compare the precision of fluid and particle tracing codes. The ideal model assumes zero particle kinetic energy at cathode emission, which is well matched in many sources: the ...

Simulation of Deformed Solid Particles in Constrained Microfluidic Channel

M. Cartas-Ayala[1], R. Karnik[1]
[1]Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Characterization of particles has numerous applications in science and diagnostics. Recently, particle passage through constrained microchannels has been proposed to characterize particles based on their passage velocity. Nevertheless, there is no clear understanding of how the physics in this system interact. Here we quantify the effects of the flow around the particle by simulating the passage ...

Piezoelectric Buzzer Optimization for Micropumps

A. Garcia[1], A. Marcus[1], F. Tejo[1], C. Precker[1], C. Moreira[2]
[1]Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Campina Grande, PB, Brazil
[2]Instituto Federal de Alagoas, Maceio, AL, Brazil

Piezoelectric buzzers are low cost devices which can be used successfully as actuators in diaphragm-based micro-pumps. The buzzers are piezoelectric wafers (lead-zirconate-titanate-PZT) that are glued on a brass membrane and they are available within different sizes and thicknesses. For the best performance of a diaphragm pump, it is necessary to have a large displacement of the membrane. This ...

Geometric Optimization of Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting System

R. Badran[1], H. Ghali[1]
[1]Electrical Engineering Department, The British University in Egypt (BUE), El Sherouk City, Egypt

The aim of this paper is to study the effect of geometrical optimization of an array configuration for a unimorph piezoelectric cantilever element. The process involves connecting a previously optimized unimorph piezoelectric cantilever in a two-element array, then in a three-element array. Geometrical configuration for the model, simulation results, and data analysis are provided. When the ...

Multiphysics Simulations in the Ultrasonic Industry

P.A. Colombo[1]
[1]DepQuest, Dalmine, Italy

This work focuses on the application of multiphysics finite element simulations in the manufacturing and application of high power ultrasonic machines. Industries providing big power ultrasonic solutions as in cleaning, welding, sonochemistry and cutting fields, already apply the finite element simulation approach, in the structural mechanics flavor, in the design and optimization of ultrasonic ...

COMSOL-based Simulations of Criticality Excursion Transients in Fissile Solution

C. Hurt[1], P. Angelo[2], R. Pevey[1]
[1]Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
[2]Y-12 National Security Complex, Safety Analysis Engineering, Oak Ridge, TN, USA

Simulation of criticality accident transients offers the ability to confirm understanding of critical configurations, bound accident scenarios and aid comprehensive emergency planning. Computational ability to recreate excursion power histories in fissile solution is sought due to the predominance of solutions in process criticality accidents. Applicable solution transient physics methodologies ...