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Impact of Electro-Convection (EC) on Heat Transfer in Liquid-Filled Containers

A. Pokryvailo [1],
[1] Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation, Hauppauge, NY, USA

Electric field can bring liquid in motion and thus influence heat transfer. Electro-convection (EC) can be caused by electric forces acting on a liquid, even in absence of space charge. Here, we studied heat transfer in a metal vessel filled by oil, with a submersed high voltage electrode serving as source of heat. Physics involved are Electrostatics and Laminar Flow with Heat Transfer. ...

An Analysis of Skimboard Hydrodynamics

N.D. Barnett[1], and E. Gutirrez-Miravete[2]
[1]General Dynamics-Electric Boat, Kingston, Rhode Island, USA
[2]Rensselaer at Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

This paper report on a study of the hydrodynamics of skimboards and surfboards using the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) module in COMSOL. The study analyzes the flow in a thin water layer underneath a skim board in a 2-D Cartesian coordinate. Three different sets of boundary conditions were employed and one of them produced the best agreement with previous findings.

High Frequency Magnetohydrodynamic Calculations in COMSOL

N. Kleinknecht, and S. A. Halvorsen
Teknova AS
Kristiansand, Norway

In many metallurgical processes metals are (heated and) stirred by an oscillating external magnetic field. The magnetic field induces electric currents in the metal and the currents interact with the magnetic field to create a force, the Lorentz force. For high frequencies induction only takes place in an electromagnetic boundary layer due to the skin effect and the force is confined within this ...

Design and Simulation of Piezoelectric Micropump and Microvalve based Drug Delivery System

D. Samajdar[1], P. Podder[1], A. Bhattacharyya[1], S. Sen[1]
[1]Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, WB, India

In the emerging field of MEMS microfluidics, micropumps and microvalves are two of the most important devices with a wide spectrum of applications such as programmable drug delivery systems, lab-on-a chip devices, µTAS (micro total analysis system), micro electric cooling applications etc. These microfluidic components are dominating the MEMS applications by virtue of their improved performance ...

Simulation of the Flow of an Autonomous Spherical Ball inside a Pipeline

W. Chalgham [1], A. C. Seibi [1], M. Mokhtari [1],
[1] University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, USA

One of the limitations of pipelines performance and structural integrity assessment is the continuous inspection of possible leaks due to corrosion or other types of failure mechanisms. Efforts to develop new technologies started several decades ago where different inspection techniques were used to enhance pipelines structural integrity. However, although available technologies present some ...

Modeling of Wettability Alteration during Spontaneous Imbibition of Mutually Soluble Solvents in Mixed Wet Fractured Reservoirs - new

M. Chahardowli[1], H. Bruining[1]
[1]Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Mutually-soluble solvents can enhance oil recovery both in completely and partially water wet fractured reservoirs. When a strongly or partially water-wet matrix is surrounded by an immiscible wetting phase in the fracture, spontaneous imbibition is the most important production mechanism. Initially, the solvent moves with the imbibing brine into the core. However, upon contact with oil, as the ...

Modeling of Non-isothermal Reacting Flow in Fluidized Bed Reactors

V. Orava [1], O. Souček [2], P. Cendula [1]
[1] Institute of Computational Physics, ZHAW, Winterthur, Switzerland
[2] Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

We investigate a prototype concept of a back-up electricity device where we use liquid formic acid (FA) to produce a mixture of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) which is used in a PEM fuel cell, Fig. 1. In the fluidized bed reactor the liquid FA is decomposed to a gaseous mixture of CO2 and H2 in the presence of microscopic floating solid catalytic particles. We describe the system, ...

Hydrodynamics and Mass Transfer in Taylor Flow

F. L. Durán Martínez [1], A. M. Billet [1], C. Julcour-Lebigue [1], F. Larachi [2],
[1] Toulouse University, Toulouse, France
[2] Laval University, Quebec, Canada

In the present work, numerical simulations of a Monolith Reactor (MR) are carried out in order to develop a pre-design tool for industrial-scale reactors applied to highly exothermal reactions. The reacting circular channels (2-4 mm internal diameter) are coated with a few micron thick catalytic layer (washcoat), and host a gas-liquid segmented flow (the so-called Taylor flow) known to enhance ...

Kinetic Parameters for Gas Phase Photocatalysis: Analytic Versus CFD Approach - new

S. Denys[1], S. Verbruggen[1], S. Lenaerts[1]
[1]Sustainable Energy and Air Purification, Department of Bioscience Engineering, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Introduction Among the advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) for removal of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from air, photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) is considered a very promising technology [1,2]. PCO can achieve mineralization of harmful VOCs to CO2 and H2O using only UV light [3]. A main challenge is to find appropriate kinetic models and parameters that accurately describe the rate of ...

Modeling Transient Adsorption/Desorption Behavior in a Gas Phase Photocatalytic Fiber Reactor

S. Denys [1], J. Van Walsem [1],
[1] Sustainable Energy, Air & Water Technology, Department of Bioscience Engineering, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Integration or retrofitting of photocatalytic air purifying units into HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) equipment is an interesting approach for abating indoor air pollution and removal of volatile organic compounds. An attractive possibility is the use of glass fiber filter mats, coated with a photocatalyst. The thin, long fibers not only offer the advantage of exposing a large ...