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Development of a 10 kW Microwave Applicator for Thermal Cracking of Lignite Briquettes

B. Lepers [1], G. Link [1], J. Jelonnek [1]
[1] Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

Introduction: The use of microwave energy for thermal cracking (from thermal stress and water pore pressure) of lignite-coal briquettes increases the lignite friability [1] and is beneficial for later chemical treatment inside a gasifier (for methanol production for example). An adequate use of microwave energy can improve the overall efficiency of the gasification process based on lignite ...

Advanced Techniques for Predicting Mechanical Product Design via COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

S. Zhuang [1],
[1] CAEaid, Inc., Austin, TX, USA

Mechanical product design is crucial in many engineering field and lots of industries. CAE simulation has been widely applied for predicting virtual product design for a few decades to reduce the cost and shorten the design life cycle. Because of complicated geometry, material/geometrical nonlinearity and complex conditions, it is painful to efficiently and accurately simulate and predict ...

The Non Linear Behavior of the Microplane Model in COMSOL

A. Frigerio[1]
[1]RSE, Milano, Italy

The safety of large civil structures is often evaluated by means of numerical models based on the Finite Element Method (FEM). In the last year, the elastic behavior of the Microplane Model was implemented in COMSOL because it is a promising approach able to overcome the limit typical of the classical approaches, which in general are able to simulate in a proper way only a few specific ...

Simulating Wear in Disc Brakes - new

N. H. Elabbasi[1], M. J. Hancock[1], S. B. Brown[1]
[1]Veryst Engineering, LLC., Needham, MA, USA

Wear is a complex phenomenon relevant to many problems involving frictional contact, such as mechanical brakes, seals, metal forming, and orthopedic implants. The rate of wear depends on the properties of the contacting materials and operating conditions. One widely used model of wear is Archard’s law, which relates the rate of material removal due to wear to the contact pressure, sliding ...

Modeling of Vickers indentation of TiAl alloys

G. Maizza, and R. Cagliero
Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino, Italy

Instrumented indentation is increasingly used as an alternative non-destructive test method to measure mechanical properties of small volumes of materials. In this work, the instrumented indentation test is applied as a non-destructive method to assess the mechanical properties of TiAl components during the setup of a real production process. This study is a preliminary contribution devoted to ...

Simulation of Cellular Traction Force Based Deflection of PDMS Micropillars - new

J. Wala[1], D. Maji[1], S. Dhara[1], S. Das[1]
[1]Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India

Cells are complex entities which not only passively sense external stimuli (viz. chemical, optical or mechanical) but also interact with extracellular matrix (ECM) by regulating cellular behavior such as growth, proliferation, migration, etc. Monitoring cell growth and migration of adherent cells becomes a crucial factor in determining cell-cell and cell-substrate interaction, important for ...

Simulation of Microstructured Rolling-Sliding Contacts - new

M. Weschta[1], S. Tremmel[1], S. Wartzack[1]
[1]Engineering Design, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany

To reduce friction in lubricated tribological contacts, the surfaces of the contacting bodies can be microstructured to improve lubricating conditions. For lower loaded contacts this approach has already reached industrial applications, e.g. the piston-liner contact. For higher loaded contacts the effects are currently in basic research. Elastic deformation in the contact area plays an important ...

Residual Stress in the Silicon Membrane of Circular CMUT

A. T. Galisultanov [1], P. Le Moal [1], V. Walter [1], G. Bourbon [1],
[1] FEMTO-ST, Besanson, France

During last twenty years capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (CMUT) have been developed extremely fast [1-2]. CMUT is an attractive alternative to traditional piezoelectric transducer, which converts electrical signal to mechanical vibration and vice versa. The main advantages of CMUT compared to most common solution: wide bandwidth (improved image resolution) and compatibility with ...

Ribbon Formation in Twist-Nematic Elastomers

L. Teresi[1], V. Varano[1]
[1]LaMS - Modelling & Simulation Lab, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Roma, Italy

Nematic Elastomers (NEs) possess both the elastic properties of rubbers and the orientational properties of liquid crystals. Those two properties makes the configuration of NEs very sensitive to isotropic-nematic phase transition. Our goal is to replicate with numerical experiments the phenomena of shape formation in Twist-Nematic Elastomers (TNEs): a flat bar evolves into a helicoidal shape ...

Simulation and Performance Analysis of Nanowire Design with Different Variants

Boopathi S[1], Ms.E.Malar[1], Deepan Chakravarthi P[1]
[1]Department of Biomedical Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

This paper deals with an integrated numerical and experimental analysis work aiming at the investigation of the thermal stress on nanowires in electronic gadgets especially computers and mobile phones. The comparative study of the nanowires are analyzed through the Thermal Stress physics using different variants such as Cu, Al, ZnO, Si(c), SiO2 which can be used in sensors, solar cells, LCD, ...